Last year, clients and staff at Essential Family Chiropractic in downtown Farmington delivered Thanksgiving meals to 25 families served by Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House.
The effort went so well, that Alyssa Zeglen, D.C., and Natalie Nedanovski, D.C. decided to bump their goal. Last week, 18 cars delivered turkeys and boxes and cans of food to 50 local families. Zeglen said Loretta Zahn, client support specialist with Neighborhood House and a patient, introduced them to the local nonprofit.
“We do outreach during the year, especially in our local community,” Zeglen said. “We want to focus on our immediate area.”
Patients contributed both food items and cash, then volunteers gathered on November 18 for a light dinner, then packed festive, decorated baskets for delivery that evening. Last year, Essential Chiropractic received thank you notes from all recipients, but the greatest reward, Zeglen said, was meeting the families.
“That’s really special,” she said. “You really make that connection.”
Alan Maxey, president of the Neighborhood House board, said the economy has picked up, so while the number of clients served this year has remained about the same, their needs are greater.
“These are people who are much worse off,” he said.
Volunteer Terri Hanson said Neighborhood House still sees new clients who are facing evictions, utility shut-offs, and other emergencies. In addition, a program that provided certificates for fresh produce at this year’s Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market also created some new awareness and brought in some clients.
Zeglen said Essential Family Chiropractic plans to make the Thanksgiving project an annual event. In 2017, they’ll be coordinating delivery from a new 4,000-square-foot space in the Downtown Farmington Business Center, next door to the Post Office.
“We hope to really expand this next year,” she said.
Correction: Essential Family Chiropractic’s business name was incorrectly reported in the original version of this post. Also, Alyssa Zeglen and Natalie Nedanovski are Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.).