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Voices of 35 Years

God’s Love We Deliver turns 35 this year. It is an honor to be here with you.

So much has changed in our 35 years, but our core values have not. Every day our clients struggle with malnutrition, illness, hunger and isolation and, every day, more and more people reach out to us for help. When they contact God’s Love, they find a community who cares deeply about them.

Together, we are dedicated to cooking and delivering the individually-tailored meals and providing the nutrition counseling that our clients require at a time in their lives when they need it most. And, thanks to you and your support, our meals and services are free to clients, and full of love.

So many people have made God’s Love We Deliver what it is. We hope you’ll enjoy these audio interviews, from our founder Ganga Stone to our current President & CEO Karen Pearl and everyone in between, whose lives have been touched by God’s Love, and who have made such a difference here. We send our thanks and love to all those who participated, and especially to writer and audio archivist Philippe Ungar who made this project possible.

If you have a story to tell about your experience with God’s Love, please email communications@glwd.org.

A Message from Audio Archivist Philippe Ungar

Philippe Ungar sitting with his hands near his face

Photo by Franck Bohbot

Philippe Ungar is a French writer and audio archivist based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2019-2020, Philippe recorded audio interviews with God’s Love volunteers, staff, and community members about their history with God’s Love We Deliver.

I am thankful to all who participated in this series for their time and their trust.

These recordings are a priceless tool to remind us of the terrible times in NYC when God’s Love began, in which some people decided to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition.

With my respect and enthusiasm for God’s Love, I decided to offer my archiving expertise to this formidable organization.

Listen to our Stories

David Cholcher

David Cholcher started at God's Love in 2000 as MIS manager. During his 18-year tenure, he managed the kitchen, delivery, and delivered thousands of meals himself. Thank you for your dedication and service, David!

Luis Plaza

Luis Plaza started at God's Love in his early 20s, right at our very beginning. With a staff of just 15 members, he was a part of our first Ryan White Funding, and more. Thank you, Luis!

Sylvia Vogelman

Sylvia Vogelman's importance to God's Love We Deliver cannot be overstated. She has been a volunteer, Board member, and Board chair. Her connection with the organization goes back to 1991 when she was looking for a way to get involved with supporting the HIV community.

Pat Costello

Pat Costello has been a driver, NMDC Dispatch Coordinator, and Office Manager at God's Love. She started working here in 1991 and can still remember the first person she ever delivered to. Pat is an institution at God's Love, and it's a real joy to still be working with her all these years!

For more God’s Love history, please view our “Stories of Pride.”