Covenant House Michigan Partnership

Steepletown’s Kitchen Sage is partnering with Covenant House Michigan – Grand Rapids campus to manage their food services at its recently opened “house” for homeless, at risk and run-a-way youth located on Antoine SW near Division Avenue.  Kitchen Sage will take the lead in assuring that meals at Covenant House supports the health and well-being of its residents. Chef Lucy was recently hired by Steepletown to oversee the kitchen at Covenant House. She will also teach and mentor residents in basic cooking skills to further develop independent living skills, team building and critical thinking.  Kitchen Sage is excited to offer out-of-the-box thinking as part of the Covenant House family using the language of food.

Chef Lucy is no stranger in the kitchen.  She has worked mostly in institutional kitchens, and actually worked with Kitchen Sage’s Chef Karen many years ago at one of the local nursing care facilities.  As she stated, she feels “very much at home” at Covenant House and is “absolutely thrilled’ to share in its mission. While Chef Lucy will be in the kitchen most days, there are many opportunities for volunteers to help out, especially as “guest chefs” on the weekends.  To learn more how you can help, contact Gwen Jordan, Steepletown’s Operation Director: 616-451-4215, extension 128 or email [email protected].

Covenant House Michigan is a place for young people, ages 18-24, who are homeless, at risk or living in unsafe conditions.   These young people have often been abused and neglected, have slept on friends’ couches or in abandoned buildings. Covenant House offers an array of support services, including educational programs, job training & placement, life skills training and most importantly a safe and nurturing space where a homeless youth can affirm and develop themselves.   

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