Talk about serendipity! Or call it two people with one mission finding each other. The two, both recent college graduates, were able to connect to fulfill their mission of helping others through their involvement in the service-learning program at Northampton Community College (
Eunice Juma came to
Juma chose to apply her devotion to service through the service-learning option in a course on local and state government. She was assigned to the Salvation Army of Bethlehem, an agency that helps people secure food, clothing, and job information. “Service-learning opened my eyes to how people suffer in
Juma’s experience at the Salvation Army had another important outcome: shortly after receiving her associate degree in 2006, Juma became the agency’s assistant director. The following year she was promoted to director of social services and the agency’s Learning Zone.
Juma’s many responsibilities included the after-school program for young people. Seeking to combine her interests in health care and service, she thought: wouldn’t it be wonderful to have cooking classes for children and teens, aimed at preparing nutritional meals on a budget? Seeking a volunteer cooking teacher, she called
As luck would have it, just a few weeks later Kalamar received another phone call, from former student Renee D’Almeida. D’Almeida had graduated from
After graduating, D’Almeida had gone on to work for the catering department of
While Juma and D’Almeida collaborate at the Salvation Army, they are each pursuing additional goals. Juma is continuing her education as a health education major at