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Two Mom's Catering
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Two Mom's Catering

The spirit of giving lasts all year for Julie Ann Twyman, who spends her time coordinating a number of programs benefiting the homeless.

The mother of two runs a catering business, takes culinary courses at American River College and reaches out to the community for donations.

Eight years ago, after shedding the weight of a troublesome past, Twyman devoted herself to bringing improvements to the homeless and needy citizens of Sacramento. With sponsorship from the Sacramento First Church of the Nazarene, she began with a coat and backpack collection drive. When many other similar drives began around the community, Twyman refocused her programs on the needs of the homeless that other drives were overlooking.

Thanksgiving to the Streets was born. This event was a way to bring a full meal and donation baskets directly to needy families. Everything was donated – from the turkey dinners to the baskets set about town that collected donations. Some years she’s had between 80 and 100 volunteers helping her feed the community.

Next, Twyman began the Sacramento Blanket Drive. For this she asked the community to donate blankets and socks and other things to keep the homeless warm during the winter.

“Sponsorship from Starbucks,” Twyman said, “helped us collect almost 1,000 blankets one year from a single store.”

She soon began organizing another holiday event, Christmas Baskets to the Streets, which she coordinated with a donation program named Sacramento Poverty Reach Back. For this drive, Twyman asked for hygiene products like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and other such “staples of comfortable living.”

Most recently, Twyman began the One Can CAN Do drive, aimed at collecting canned foods to be distributed through the holiday baskets. The name of the program was meant to inspire everyone to donate something, no matter how small.

“One can goes a long way,” she said. “If everybody could contribute one can, we could feed a multitude of people.”

With all of these programs collecting donations year-round, Twyman has found it difficult to maintain them on her own. “Most people call to volunteer two weeks before Thanksgiving,” she said, “but we need people more than just once a year. The volunteering really starts in January.”

Twyman had been using donated space in a building to host these holiday events that consisted of a fresh home-cooked meal for the community, live music, raffles, crafts tables, donation distribution, prayer gatherings and information about where to get free medical examinations.

“It was really wonderful,” Twyman said. “We had stations for the food and for the donations. There was a stage for the band. We had prizes, too, for vacations that people could win. And places where people could gather and pray together.”

In 2008 the building owner lost the property, and Twyman had to make a few changes to her programs. She said she is still looking for a new building to keep her various community events going and would only require the space for about a week in order to set up decorations and bring in supplies.

“If anyone were able to donate their space,” she said, “they would greatly help serve the community.”

She continues to be a big part of the Sacramento First Church of the Nazarene homeless ministry, and is busy getting the word out about her donation programs.

Stacey Hernandez, an administrator from the Nazarene Church, said, “This is a passion for Julie. She gives up lots of her time to help others and does a wonderful job of knowing resources for people in need.”

Hernandez said the Thanksgiving to the Streets event on its own helps about 100 families, and with Twyman’s involvement and the various other programs she has created, the number of families aided year-round is likely closer to 400 or 500.

Twyman said she loves helping others and “seeing expressions on their faces of joy, transformation and happiness, knowing they were loved and that someone cared. People feel honored and valued for who they are.”

“It’s completely life-changing,” Twyman said, “for me and for those we help.”

Twyman explained how some of those she has served and helped over the years now come back to be on the other end – to help serve. The homeless are now working, in school, making life changes.

Hernandez commented that “Julie has been an enormous help for us. She is getting so busy with her other programs, but she still works with the food closet to help bring donations.”

Her community-oriented lifestyle is not without challenges, however.

Twyman said she suffers daily from fibromyalgia and spinal neuropathy. This includes swelling, spinal problems and pain in her hands and arms. Some days she has to use a walker to get around and really relies on her family and her employees to help her.

“I’m definitely in the wrong line of work,” she said with a laugh. “Sometimes after a catering job I’m down for three days.”

Her 15-year-old son, John, and 18-year-old daughter, Jessica, have been helping her for the past eight years by cooking, prepping and serving food as well as gathering donations from the community.

“I’d be lost without my children,” she said. “When I’m down and out, they’re my lifeline.”

Twyman was not born disabled. Her disabilities were the result of injuries from physical abuse in her past. Now she uses her disability as fuel to continue giving back to the community, to prove that “it doesn’t matter where you are in life, everyone has something to contribute.”

She spends a lot of her time working at Two Moms Catering, which is going on its third year of business and growing in popularity. She learned to cook at home and is currently taking classes in the culinary program at American River College. The profit from Two Moms helps fund her various community donation programs.

Two Moms Catering operates in kitchen space rented from
Mass Appeal at 2135 Dale Ave.

To volunteer for or get more information
about this year’s Thanksgiving to the Streets
and Christmas Baskets to the Streets events,

e-mail Twyman at thanksgiving.to.the.streets@gmail.com.

Christina, Julie and Julie's son, John
Christina, Julie and Julie's son, John

Julie Ann Twyman
Julie Ann Twyman

Julie Ann's daughter, Jessica, and friend Thomas Cosby
Julie Ann's daughter, Jessica, and friend Thomas Cosby

John helping in the kitchen
John helping in the kitchen

Two Mom's Catering
Julie Poirier and her children, helping at last year’s event

The side entrance to the kitchen
The side entrance to the kitchen

The front entrance
The front entrance

Mixed green salad with olives, baby corn, carrot, red onion and feta cheese
Mixed green salad with olives, baby corn,
carrot, red onion and feta cheese

 

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