They're staying connected despite forced distancing


December 4, 2020

Jana Peterson

Clockwise from left, Maggie Schulstrom, Dakota Koski, Dyne and Jeana Cahoon and Anne Parish worked to package Thanksgiving dinners for REACH students and anyone else in the community who asked for a meal. Cahoon cooks at Common Ground and worked with other staff members to cook and distribute the meals.

Every week that they can - pandemic permitting - the staff and students involved in the REACH program meet at the Common Ground coffee bar and deli. They do a little homework, various activities, enjoy some snacks and simply spend time together.

Over time, the staff at the Christian coffee shop have grown pretty fond of the kids, so they were looking forward to hosting them for a Thanksgiving dinner last week.

But Covid-19 got in the way.

"I couldn't let it go," said Common Ground cook Jeana Cahoon, mother to six kids of her own. So they decided to make meals for each REACH kid that would serv...

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