AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps member Sarah Spainhower demonstrates knife cutting skills as (L-R) James Arnt, Richard Arnt, Meri Ralston, Karen Guegel,  Marsha Stepelton and Noreen and Nora Perri look on.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, Mt. Carmel kicked off the first of four free cooking classes geared toward seniors and instructed by Dr. Ivory Raye and AmeriCorps members Sarah Spainhower and Alison Mendonça. The class, Cooking for Seniors, is a four week class every Thursday in February from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and as Mendonça explains, it is similar to their other classes.

“Like our other classes, we learn together, cook together, & eat together,” said Mendonça. “Participants receive groceries at the end of each class and, one of the best parts, an instant pot for attending 3 out of the 4 classes.  All of this, of course, for free.”

The class was funded by the Virginia W. Hill Foundation and Salud. Following their first class, instructors felt positive about the outcome of the class.

 “Twenty-two seniors attended the class last night and had a blast,” said Mendonça. “Besides teaching about how to create healthy balanced meals, we hope to create a community within our classes for participants to create connections with one another.”

The Mt. Carmel staff team, Ashley DiPoala, Noreen Perri, Laura Jordan, and Kurt Traskos also helped to make the class a success, Mendonça said.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without the support,” Mendonça said.

Because this class filled up so quickly, Mt. Carmel is already planning another to begin in spring or summer.

“We are hoping to repeat it,” said Mendonça. “We already have 11 people on our wait list for the next class.”

For more information or to put your name down for the next Cooking for Seniors class, contact Mt. Carmel at 719-845-4800. There is no charge to participate in this fun and informative activity.

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