Meet Jani

Jani is a grant writer and cook for Cup of Grace. She’s also the one updating the website, so file any complaints to her!

How did you learn about Cup of Grace?
I first met Amy in front of Brickel Creek Coffee. She’s the mother of one of my son’s friends. We started talking, and she told me about her plans for Cup of Grace. I met her right before she started serving dinners in January of 2017.

What drew you to volunteer?
I love interacting with people and helping wherever I can. I love cooking and hope that the meals make people happy and give them a chance to relax.

How long have you volunteered with Cup of Grace, and what do you do?
I have volunteered since early 2017. I cook and help clean up. I also help with the website and some grants.

What is your favorite part of volunteering with Cup of Grace? Do you have a favorite story to share?
I like being with the volunteers and seeing where we can help the community. I’ve appreciated the friendships I’ve started within the group.

What do you like to do when you are NOT volunteering at Cup of Grace? Do you have any favorite hobbies, activities, etc?
I keep pretty busy. I have a family and I work as a content writer for a software company. I also freelance write for Living Local Magazine, 41 North, and Zagi. And, I love writing short stories and middle grade fiction.

Do you have a favorite scripture or quote that you would like to share with us?
I have heard variations of this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it always resonates with me: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded.”