SOUL SPOTLIGHT STORY:

Keown Kaney (Keo)

Community Resource Specialist
JBJ Soul Kitchen, Red Bank

Pictured here is Keo working at
JBJ Soul Kitchen with our guests

Pictured here is Keo working at
JBJ Soul Kitchen with our guests

Keo was introduced to us through his work with our long-standing partnership with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA), an affiliate of the national nonprofit Mental Health America.

MHA strategically focuses on eliminating social barriers and mental health discrimination. Through a team effort, he works alongside the staff members to help serve anyone who is in-need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Over a warm meal, Keo learns and assesses each person’s needs and assists in navigating a complex system: from mental health linkages, applying for food stamps, linking those in-need to emergency and temporary housing, to serving an in-need guest coffee.

Keo is there to meet everyone exactly where they’re at, at that given time. Keo, alongside our talented
Community Coordinator, Nicole Dorrity, lean on each other’s strengths to tackle a multitude of co-occurring disorders and issues in the community. Everyone’s story is unique. This uniqueness often changes their eligibility.
Keo aims to find those niche resources and connect our guests to them.

 

Keo was introduced to us through his work with our long-standing partnership with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA), an affiliate of the national nonprofit Mental Health America.

MHA strategically focuses on eliminating social barriers and mental health discrimination. Through a team effort, he works alongside the staff members to help serve anyone who is in-need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Over a warm meal, Keo learns and assesses each person’s needs and assists in navigating a complex system: from mental health linkages, applying for food stamps, linking those in-need to emergency and temporary housing, to serving an in-need guest coffee.

Keo is there to meet everyone exactly where they’re at, at that given time. Keo, alongside our talented
Community Coordinator, Nicole Dorrity, lean on each other’s strengths to tackle a multitude of co-occurring disorders and issues in the community. Everyone’s story is unique. This uniqueness often changes their eligibility.
Keo aims to find those niche resources and connect our guests to them.

“Not all heroes wear capes, turns out some wear chefs’ aprons.
Here at JBJ, I am able to use the power of food to strengthen our community by building long-lasting rapport between all walks of life.
JBJ helps break down socioeconomic stigmas with the simple act of breaking bread”.

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