Mark Botelho, Volunteer with Dorothy’s Kitchen Program
Mark Botelho, joyful and upbeat, began volunteering at Dorothy’s Place with his church, St. Joseph’s Parish in Spreckels. With six other church members he helped prepare and serve the mid-day meal one Saturday each month. That began three years ago, during what some people refer to as “the before times.”
“When the pandemic began many volunteers were unable to continue serving at Dorothy’s Place. The Kitchen needed help so I began helping to prepare and serve lunch four days each week,” says Mark. When asked about the coronavirus, he says, “I never give it a second thought. The Kitchen team follows a strict COVID safety policy. They keep the work space safe. Being there each day has been a blessing. I am thankful that I am able to do this.
“I retired two years ago after many years working in the produce industry. So, I was able to continue to volunteer while others, including school groups, were not able to be here. During this year, I have gotten to know many of the people who come to Dorothy’s for the meal on a first-name basis. I know how difficult their lives are and how grateful they are for the meals and services provided by Dorothy’s Place.”
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