Jennifer, 29, has been cooking all her life. She had been in the restaurant industry for ten years, and a professional cook for three. She worked in some of the best known national chain restaurants, including PF Changs and the Cheesecake Factory.
Then life took a frightening turn.
“I was in an abusive relationship that deteriorated fast,” she says. “It ruined my life. I lost my daughter and my apartment, and I needed a safe place to go.”
She found Safe House-Denver, where she could stay for a temporary period of time. But soon that time was running out — and Jennifer did not know where to go next.
Then she was referred to the Julia Greeley Home.
“I feel eternal gratefulness,” she says. “I don’t know where I’d be if not here. I probably would be in a really bad spot.”
At Julia’s, Jennifer is known as one of the most cheerful and outgoing residents, always eager to help others. When she cooks at the house, it’s a real treat. And what is the favorite meal of a professional cook?
“If I could pick, it would be egg rolls and fried rice,” she says, with a laugh.
Jennifer is making great strides toward self sufficiency. She has a good job cooking at the Red Robin restaurant chain, and she is waiting for the day when she will be able to reunite with her daughter again.
In the meantime, the Julia Greeley Home is blessed to have Jennifer’s warm manner and welcoming smile in our day. Other people notice her kindness, that is — but Jennifer doesn’t.
“Giving back is a no-brainer,” she explains. “I am just so grateful to be a productive member of society again. “It makes me feel I’m giving back as much as you have to me.”