Rob & Carol Selva
It all started with one person's dream - the dream to put on a family-style Thanksgiving meal for those less fortunate. After 6 years of saying "I didn't do it this year.....again," doors started opening. In early September of 2010, Roberto Selva was sharing his long-time desire to serve with a group of neighborhood friends. From that moment on, it was clear that 2010 would be ...the year to realize this long-time dream.
The first Feast for Southeast planning meeting consisted of three individuals in a living room, discussing whether they could really pull this off or not. Over the next few weeks, neighborhood support, from both organizations and individual neighbors would snowball into unimaginable proportions. Not only did it become clear that something like this was needed - but also that people were willing to get involved.
Though Roberto's initial dream was simply about feeding the hungry - it started to evolve during the planning process. The purpose of creating and reinforcing COMMUNITY during this event began to emerge on its own. As the Feast for Southeast planning committee gathered each week, the theme of creating a sense of community for the participants became central. In the meantime, the planning committee grew, and started experiencing an unexpected sense of community within. At this point, the group started to see that the more volunteers that got involved, the bigger this community would grow - bonding in common service to others.
This is the ongoing story, and the day-to-day updates of this grassroots effort to exist in community with those we serve, those we serve along with, and those who serve us.