Lift the Burden

Cooking is a hobby that I’ve come to enjoy over the past few years.

What started as necessary survival has grown into a relaxing experience that keeps challenging me to better my own skills for the pleasure of others and myself.

I’ve had some success, a few disappointments and at least one “so, pizza for dinner?” experience. I’ve grown from searching for “easy” recipes on the internet to only viewing recipes as a suggestion.

Leaven Kids 9-2012-41There is only one thing about cooking I don’t enjoy (besides the dishes): my counter. I am taller than the average person and find over and over that my counters are about 3 inches too short for me, putting pressure and strain on my back. While this is not an insurmountable hurdle to my progress, it’s an annoyance that can cause me some frustration, as well as some back pain.

Whenever I’m done whipping up something delicious, and rubbing my back, I can’t help but think of the parents of the kids The Leaven serves.

Each day they are working to improve their lives and the lives of their children. But they have hurdles in their way. Many would tell them to pull themselves up and take on these challenges on their own, not understanding the difficulty and even pain that comes from navigating the hard choice between working a few extra hours to pay the bills, and being home each night in time to make their children supper or help them with their homework.

The Leaven doesn’t just provide services to children; we provide support for the entire family. By taking the burden of helping these bright young kids better understand their homework, we lift a weight from these hard working parent’s shoulders so they are better able to support their families.

Your partnership with The Leaven is doing more than just changing the lives of kids in our community; it is helping entire families achieve the American dream. Thank you for your support and friendship of The Leaven. Together we are helping kids and communities rise.

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