Loretta Zahn talks a lot about Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House.
That’s understandable, considering she serves as client specialist for the nonprofit, which helps 225-250 local residents each year with food, financial assistance, and referrals to services. One special conversation more than four years ago has meant a better Thanksgiving holiday for dozens of families.
Zahn told her chiropractor, Dr. Natalie Nedanovski, owner of Essential Family Chiropractic, about Neighborhood House.
“I love Neighborhood House, so I talk about it,” Zahn said. “Dr. Natalie asked what goes on at Neighborhood House… and she came up with the idea of adopting families.”
This week, the downtown Farmington business completed its fourth Thanksgiving Family Outreach with the delivery of 50 turkeys, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, and other items to complete a traditional holiday dinner.
Essential Chiropractic collects food items for several weeks, and on delivery night, a few dozen volunteers create an assembly line to fill foil roasting pans with the donated items.
Neighborhood House board president Alan Maxey said it takes about 45 minutes to complete the process, then volunteer drivers make deliveries to clients referred by the charity.
“They would not have this kind of Thanksgiving if not for this,” Maxey said.