We had the good fortune of connecting with Celeste Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celeste, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
BreadHead is a community based non profit, dedicated to alleviating food insecurity in low income households through food literacy classes and workshops. But, it’s more than that…BreadHead is a space open to all. BreadHead’s mission is about nurturing and strengthening individuals and families through community. And in turn, strengthening the social architecture of the community as a whole. Everyone deserves a chance to be seen and heard and food literacy and healthy eating is a right, not a privilege. We work to support this ideal in a welcoming and loving environment.
What should our readers know about your business?
At the end of the day connecting to people, and making them feel seen and heard inspires me to perform and produce programs that hopefully enrich peoples lives. But this connection doesn’t stop at the people I work with through programming. Everyone needs connection and help, including me. Starting a non profit, or any business for that matter is hard and won’t succeed by working alone. I rely heavily on the talents and advice of people like BreadHead’s ED, erin K. Flood and our staff to make sure BreadHead not only performs at it’s best to serve the community at large, but is a strong internal community as well. Everyone has talents and strengths and everyone should be able to show up in the world and let them flourish and shine. Acknowledging this and leaning in to people is the way to success in my opinion.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
WOW! What a great question! First things first… coffee and a rugula croissant at Gjusta in Venice. Then I’d move on by walking to the boardwalk for a beach walk or rent bikes at Perry’s and bike ride and go down to the Santa Monica Pier. Head downtown to eat at Mae Tings coconut cakes, which is essentially in the parking lot of he Thai market, and has the best pork skewers in the world. Mae makes her coconut cakes all day and you eat them piping hot and fresh. Delish! Drive to Echo Park and ride the Swan paddle boats. Go to Lake Shrine Drive PCH, listening to music without anywhere to be except where you are in the moment. See the Planetarium show at Griffith Park Go to the beach! Eat steak tacos with cheese at Saby’s on Venice Blvd. The best!! Walk the farmers Market on Fairfax. There are so many amazing things to do in LA!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out goes to my professor, Micheal Anthony-Nalepa LMFT. He inspires minds who in turn see possibility! Michael Anthony-Nalepa, MA is a proud and passionate postmodern therapist who strongly believes in the power of stories. Nalepa has worked extensively with gay & trans-identified individuals, those wrestling with the effects of HIV and cancer, and the bipolar community — utilizing both art therapy and lived-in narratives in order to bring forth one’s preferred hopes, dreams and preferences for a fulfilling life. When not teaching in Antioch’s BA psychology program, Nalepa also serves as an equal rights activist and as executive director of the AnonymoUS Initiative, an anti-bullying non-profit program that empowers marginalized communities through community action and activism.
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