Michael and Mollie answered our call. They are our chefs. I’d like to add, our volunteer chefs. Our M’s, as I like to think of them, prepare the most amazing meals. The first time Michael cooked, the most savory aroma found itself up through three floors to my office. Like a zombie I moved from my computer guided by my nose, all the way down to the kitchen where he was preparing an exotic combination from the very ordinary supplies we had stacked in the cupboard. Even the UPS man, who was delivering a package, asked, “Can I stay for dinner?”
We offer our women meals as one of the many services here at Hyacinth’s Place. Although the women have and continue to assist in the preparation of meals, their schedules are often in conflict with meal time. Some of our women have employment as far away as Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, and others are otherwise occupied taking care of their necessary business.
Mollie has travelled internationally and described a quaint old town in Portugal that has started me dreaming. She identifies it as a place she would love to live if she had a choice. Although barely out of her 20’s Mollie has spent nearly half of her life cooking and working in the restaurant business. She has worked in all aspects of the business, including starting up new restaurants. Listening to the type of dishes she can prepare, she is easily an international chef. A beautiful young woman with a very unassuming demeanor, Mollie comfortably relates to our women and clearly enjoys cooking for them.
Apart from very big hearts and culinary skills, our volunteer chefs bring something else to Hyacinth’s Place. They bring a clear understanding of what we are trying to do here. They understand we have little or no money but we are willing to make whatever sacrifices necessary to allow our women a better quality of life with the hope they will be able to maintain their emotional stability and continue to work towards their goal of becoming contributing members of our community and an asset to society.
Our M’s take our very simple food-bank products and feed women who wait in anticipation and look on as they cook. Michael and Mollie, in a very casual and simple way chat with our women about the nutritional benefits and the necessity of healthy eating. Our ladies absorb the information, as the music in the background adds to a warm, friendly, and comfortable ambiance. I am ever so grateful for Michael and Mollie and I know the women of Hyacinth’s Place think they are the best thing since sliced cheese-cake.
Urla, Executive Director