On November 5th, the JBS Residential Program received a food donation from Grace Klein Community. Grace Klein Community seeks to create authentic community (Koinonia) by uniting diverse individuals, businesses, ministries, and churches to work together by sharing what they have in order to meet physical and spiritual needs both locally and globally.

Our partnership with Grace Klein Community was born out of the work of Thad “TJ” Bradley, a Certified Peer Specialist at JBS reaching out to find resources for one of his peers. JBS was contacted by Grace Klein Community about a possible partnership opportunity, and they quickly realized they had the ability to meet a need of the individuals we serve.

The mission was certainly demonstrated when the JBS Residential Program received a food donation to feed 200 individuals. It is hard to understand how much food for 200 individuals really is until you see the van being loaded. We arrived with our 15-passenger van with no seats to pick up the donation. The van began to fill, and we quickly realized the food just kept coming. We heard the volunteers saying, “They need 20 boxes of everything” but we had no idea what that would look like. As the boxes of food kept coming, we were described by the volunteer staff as looking shell shocked and that was certainly a suitable description.

Once the food was loaded and the van doors were shut, there was not an inch of space on the floor and the boxes were stacked almost to the ceiling. We arrived at JBS and an assembly line of peers, accounting staff, and consumers quickly unloaded the van and we realized just what a gift we had been given. The entire boardroom was quickly transformed into a grocery store with a dairy, bread, vegetable, meat, fruit, and sweets section for the Residential staff to pick food for their individual homes and programs. Staff assisted consumers in making selections for a balanced meal and recipes were exchanged on various ways to prepare the fresh fruits and vegetables we were provided.

With the rising cost of food and the shortage of certain items, this donation from Grace Klein Community could not have come at a better time. However, this is not a one-time donation but rather JBS will be receiving bulk food for 200 individuals every other Friday. We are proud to partner with an organization committed to bringing diverse groups together to meet the needs of individuals in a variety of areas.