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.
Joan Rivers Bakery
The loss of our beloved Board Member Joan Rivers in September 2014 was felt by everyone at God’s Love. Joan was a dear friend of God’s Love for over 25 years, and a member of the Board of Directors since 1994.
Throughout her years of service, Joan demonstrated deep commitment, compassion and generosity. Each year, she delivered holiday meals to our clients, surprising them with jokes and brightening the holiday for so many. In 2009, she won over $500,000 for God’s Love in the NBC reality competition, Celebrity Apprentice.
Joan brought warmth, humor and love to every delivery she made and every event she supported. Her impact on the God’s Love community will always be felt by our clients, volunteers, staff and supporters. We are honored that her daughter, Melissa Rivers, has joined our Board of Directors, continuing her mother’s legacy and commitment.
Joan’s devotion to God’s Love was felt for more than 25 years, which is why we are naming our Bakery after her. She loved and carried out our important mission, and held a special place in her heart for our bakery and all that it made possible – birthday cakes for every client, child and caregiver, special brownies baked by Chuck the Baker, and a “sweet” end to every meal for our clients. Joan loved the clients, volunteers, and staff of God’s Love, and made a special friend of our very own Chuck the Baker over the years, another reason the bakery that Chuck works in every day carries on her legacy.
In God’s Love We Deliver
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