Jeff Chapell – Open Pantry Volunteer of the Year

CHD would like to congratulate Jeff Chapell, (program supervisor for CHD’s Adult Mental Health Program in Springfield for recently being recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for Open Pantry Community Services – Loaves and Fishes Kitchen.

He was nominated by the Kitchen’s Program Director, Darleen S. Jacques who had this to say of his contributions to their organization:

Jeff has been a friend and volunteer of Open Pantry Community Services for many years. He was a board member for six years, including two years as board president.

Jeff is a dedicated volunteer to Open Pantry’s Loaves and Fishes Kitchen. He has been the coordinator of the monthly meal from St. Patrick’s Church since 1988. Jeff is a great cook and is so thoughtful regarding his monthly recipes. He always makes it special for our guests. Jeff is the only person that has ever served “ribs” at the kitchen. Ribs are his annual August meal. Jeff is a compassionate, friendly and welcoming individual with much understanding for the people that we serve. He has been employed at the Center for Human Development (CHD) since 1998. He is a program supervisor and is responsible for the outreach regarding residential programs, in charge of a group home and internal respite programs.

In January of 2004, on an extremely cold night, Jeff and the executive director of Open Pantry were out searching for people on the streets of Springfield to talk them into seeking shelter. Those that refused to go inside for warmth were given blankets. One person that they spoke with was Larry Dunham. He refused help and was found dead the following morning on the steps of City Hall. This was a sad time for Jeff! Jeff always assisted and helped board members, staff and other volunteers with anything that was asked of him. He was always right there for everyone!

On behalf of everyone here at CHD, congratulations Jeff – Keep on Cookin’!



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