Jesse’s House provides emergency and long-term care to adolescent women who have suffered abuse or delinquency. Over the years, our members have supported these young women by leading various activities. Recently, we enjoyed a day at the beach at Lake Lanier serving up fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon and brownies to the young women in residence at Jesse’s House. Over multiple games of bingo, the conversation naturally (?!) turned to Chinese food. Hearing the girl’s say how much they loved Chinese food, a back to school luncheon was quickly planned. Dandelion, a Chinese restaurant in Cumming provided lunch for the girls (“I’m in heaven!” was overheard as one girl filled her plate with Sesame Chicken, Chicken LoMein and Chicken Fried Rice) and Bruster’s Ice Cream donated a beautifully decorated ice cream cake. Each girl received a composition notebook with a recipe for a great school year on the cover and a book mark with this quote of Henry David Thoreau – “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
With appetites satisfied, everyone stayed on and played bingo for a couple of hours. As we were leaving the restaurant we Altrusans wondered, once again, who had had a better time!