A Recipe for Hope: Stories of Transformation by People Struggling with Homelessness, by debut author Karen Skalitzky, dispels the misconceptions around homelessness. It contains first-person accounts by some of Chicagos most diverse voices. Collected from the men and women of Inspiration Corporation, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless back to self-sufficiency, these true stories challenge modern preconceptions of homelessness and demonstrate how this often faceless problem affects everyone, regardless of race, color, creed or economic status.
These riveting portraits include the story of a man who, although raised in an affluent, white, suburban family, one day found himself destitute and living in shelters, only to make the long journey back to mainstream society through his involvement in theatre and art, as well as the former policewoman who quit her job so that she could follow her dream of serving the poor. These stories are redemptive oral histories that depict struggle and defeat, victory and love. But most of all, these are stories about each and every one of us, because this is not a book for people hoping to change the world, its a book for people who are hoping to change themselves.
Perfect for churches, schools, libraries, recovery groups, service volunteers, or anyone with an interest in social justice, A Recipe for Hope includes recipes by several of Chicagos finest chefs that are delightful and meant to be shared.
Karen M. Skalitzky
KAREN SKALITZKY is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Teach for America corps member. She holds a Master of Art in Literacy Education from the University of Michigan. She volunteers weekly at Inspiration CafÃƒÂ© and the Living Room CafÃƒÂ© in Chicago.
These moving stories give powerful witness to the hardships that homeless people face and the hope and healing that Inspiration Corporation provides. Karen Skalitzky serves up tasty food for thought with an appropriate helping of dignity and respect.
- Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois