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NDNU Student Lends Culinary Skills to Kainos Thanksgiving Fundraiser

Belmont, CA, November 13, 2007 — With a little culinary creativity from an NDNU student, 25 developmentally disabled adults from Kainos will prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family at their Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser at 6 p.m., November 16 at the Redwood City Senior Center.

The fundraiser is organized by ARAP (Accessible Recreation Activities Program), Kainos, a home and training center, and this year, with the help of NDNU student Jan Delos Reyes. The adults, most of whom have Downs Syndrome and range in age from 30-50, will serve 125 friends and family. “This event allows the opportunity for people with developmental disabilities the chance to enhance and develop the basic of preparing large meals for large groups” said Delos Reyes.

Delos Reyes organized various groups who will be making different items for the dinner such as stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans. There will be different stations for pies, salad, and condiments. “It will allow people with developmental disabilities to improve their kitchen skills and feel a sense of accomplishment and pride for serving their families and community,” said Delos Reyes.

Delos Reyes is one of 18 NDNU Human Services students helping to make a difference in their communities this holiday season. The students, all seniors, each undertake a project that benefits the community and makes use of what they have learned in the Human Services program, as part of their senior seminar class. Most Human Services graduates find careers in government or working for non-profit organizations that directly impact people’s lives.

NDNU professor of Human Services Barbara Caulley said the students often get back more than they give. “It’s a true sharing opportunity in the spirit of Thanksgiving. But it’s also a learning opportunity for our students. Jan picked this event because of her passion for this project.”

The  Redwood City Memorial Senior Center is located at 1445 Madison Avenue in Redwood City.