As part of our Monthly Storytelling Series, we raise awareness of and funds for a local non-profit, the community-based organizations that keep our New York neighborhoods thriving.
November’s Featured Partner:
God’s Love We Deliver, a non-sectarian NYC non-profit, is committed to improving the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. They prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals, free of charge without regard to income, to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves as well as providing illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to clients, families, care providers and other service organizations.
The Story: In 1985, a hospice volunteer named Ganga Stone paid a visit to an AIDS patient that changed her life. The patient, Richard Sale, was too ill to cook for himself. Ganga’s compassion took hold, a meal was prepared and delivered on the next visit, and an epiphany was born: Something as basic as delivering a meal could bring dignity and recognition to a desperate situation.
Ganga’s experience then drove her to a second epiphany. The severity of Richard’s situation demanded something more than simply delivering food. It required preparing nutritionally-tailored meals that would support an individual’s specific medical treatment. She researched his needs and was on her way again, with a new meal in hand, when she was stopped by a minister in the neighborhood who recognized her. He asked what she was doing, she told him, and he replied, “you’re not just delivering food … you’re delivering God’s love.”
And Ganga said, “That’s the name.” And God’s Love We Deliver was born.
Previous Non-Profit Partners
Food Bank for NYC’s Woman to Woman Campaign
The Jean Moye Dark Fund
Transforma Theatre is a New York based not-for-profit creating interactive theatrical experiences at the nexus of consciousness, science, and ritual.