Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New changes at Open Arms

It is with a sense of sadness that I announce that Taya Kaufenberg has resigned as Food Services Director at Open Arms. Although her resignation may come as a surprise, Taya and I have discussed this possibility for some time. Although there is never a good time to leave a job, personal considerations make this an appropriate time for Taya’s departure. Her last day at Open Arms will be on May 2.

In the two years that Taya has been with us we have seen extraordinary growth in the number of clients and meals served. Taya has worked diligently to improve the nutritional quality of the meals served. She created and introduced new menus to keep pace with the specific needs of our clients. Perhaps most importantly, Taya advocated for Open Arms incorporating organic ingredients into our cooking and baking. She identified and created relationships with the sustainable agriculture movement, community supported agriculture and local farmers. She leaves our program strong and well positioned to continue towards our goal of being the source of nutritious meals for people who are ill in this community.

Open Arms has a long history of our staff remaining involved with our work even when they move on with their careers. Taya has told us that will be the same with her. We are grateful for all Taya has done for Open Arms. We know she will have a bright future.

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