Roses and Raspberries June 19

June 18, 2013 

Roses from Ginny D’Ercole, of the PORCH board of directors, to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, which opens its doors to PORCH each month to assist with the sorting of food donations. The help comes in the form of bright, spacious conference rooms lined with long rows of tables. Here’s how it works: after going porch-to-porch picking up food donations, the People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes pull their cars into the church parking lot.

As many as 1,000 bags of food are unloaded from the trunks of cars and carted into the conference rooms, where they are set on long tables so they can be checked and sorted by dozens of volunteers. Then the bags are repacked and off they go to meet the needs of local food pantries and families in need. The food sort is a four-hour whirlwind of activity tucked into all of the other day-to-day, hustle-bustle of the church. But still, the staff at St. Thomas More shows the patience of Job in serving as a staging area for PORCH’s food sorts and pantry deliveries. Our community is fortunate to have these kinds of partnerships in place, strengthening the safety net for the working poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the marginalized.

Flicka Bateman, director of the Refugee Support Center, sends roses to the 44 refugee students from Burma who graduated from CHCCS high schools last week-end. High school graduation is always an accomplishment. It is an amazing accomplishment for these students who only six years ago, along with their families, were either fleeing the brutal dictatorship of their native country for refugee camps or were already languishing in refugee camps hoping to be resettled in another country. Their graduation was both a happy and poignant time.

Roses to the adults and teenagers working together to prevent alcohol-related accidents, injuries or worse during prom and graduation season.

As explored in today’s My View column by Lucas Selvidge, the members of ADAPT have expanded the organization’s reach from Orange High to Cedar Ridge. ADAPT stands for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team. Its peer-to-peer messages and youth activism seem to be working.

Roses to both Capt. Wallace Horton and Chief Carolyn Hutchinson of the Carrboro Police Department. Horton, a veteran officer who grew up in Orange County, will succeed Hutchinson as chief of the 41-person department when she retires in September. Horton’s deep knowledge of the community should equip him well for his new position.

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