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Vel S
10807 Colonial Court
(University Circle)
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the project

The Don Scott house adjacent to Vel’s purples oasis garden is being remodeled to serve as a gathering space and teaching facility named after Vel’s late husband. The Don Scott house will host cooking demonstrations, lectures, and workshops to educate people in how to live their best lives by powering their bodies with healthy foods.

It was a house that we rescued from being vandalized or torn down in 2009. We’ve received $15,000 in grants and donations already and invested $20,000, ourselves. Help us put the finishing touches on this community kitchen!

the steps

  1. hire contractor(s) to perform rehab and update kitchen
  2. install new energy efficient appliances
  3. community kitchen opening celebration and cooking workshop
  4. create calendar of monthly events and advertise to community


why we're doing it

I grew up in a farming area where most of my family had gardens. Later in life my husband developed high blood pressure. He agreed to change his diet but refused to eat bland food with no flavor. 

I started researching and we decided to go to West Africa, where rates of hypertension and diabetes are extremely low. Over the course of 6 weeks we tasted traditional food, saw how people lived and incorporated some of the same spices, herbs and practices we witnessed in the motherland into the food we served at our restaurant!

So we were able to keep the flavor and eliminate the fats and chemicals that cause us to develop preventable diseases! Our customers loved our new global soul cuisines and often didn’t even know the dishes were plant based!

Our families are brought together by food! Sharing meals and memories bring us together, the foods that we eat and the recipes we pass down can makes us stronger, physically and spiritually. Help us raise awareness about how to use affordable nutrient rich foods year round to power our bodies, our families, and our neighborhoods. 



RAISED = $575.00
ioby Platform Fee  waived
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $16.75

The funds will be spent in purchasing an energy efficient refrigerator and kitchen stove



Construction (Electrical, Plumbing, etc) $5000

Other supplies (light fixtures, hot water tank, electrical furnace, cookwear, tables) $3,000

Energy efficient appliances (stove, refrigerator, freezer) $2,000

SUBTOTAL = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee waived
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  waived
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,000



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