Next Step Ministries
Cooking & Wellness Program
Middle of the Root partners with Next Step Ministries, Inc. to provide our Cooking & Wellness Program to the women and children staying at this transitional safe house. Classes are taught once a week by amazingly talented women from our community who engage, educate and empower the guests at Next Step Ministries on various topics and skills. We keep a small team at Next Step Ministries due to the sensitive nature and confidentiality of the home. Instructors must undergo a background check and sign a confidentiality agreement.
Our 20-week pilot program started in Fall of 2017 with Next Step Ministries and we found that engagement through cooking lends to conversations and better understanding about the complex nature of domestic violence situations, poverty and the barriers for women head of households. We cook together and talk in our one and a half hour classes, children are involved in the process adding to the experience for everyone. As we continue in our third year with Next Step Ministries we continue to listen, adapt/improve our programming for the women and children participating and cook and eat seasonal, local meals together.