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Social Finance Organization Supports Community Project in California
San Francisco based organization RSF Social Finance (RSF) has announced financial support for the Ceres Community Project, a non-profit based out of Sonoma County, California. The support comes in the form of a loan to help Ceres buy out its newly renovated headquarters and commercial kitchen facility.
RSF is a financial services organization with mission to transform the way the world makes use of money. Over the past 28 years since its inception, RSF has disbursed more than $100 million in grants and $30 million in loans to for-profit social enterprises as well as non-profit organizations doing exemplary work in the areas of Education and Arts, Food and Agriculture, and Ecological Stewardship.
Ceres Community Project, which is the latest recipient of RSF's financial support, is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. Ceres is involved in imparting knowledge, skills and inspiration to help people adopt healthy lifestyles and on developing heart-centered ways for people to connect with each other. Ceres prepares and delivers healthy, organic meals to patients with stress and serious illnesses who reside in Sonoma and Marin County.
Ceres provides meals for two to six months to clients and their families, depending on the nature of their illness and treatment plan. It also provides useful nutrition information and caring support of the community. Cathryn Couch, founder and executive director of Ceres says: "The diagnosis of a serious illness such as cancer pulls the rug out from under people. At a time when people most need to eat well it is often the first thing that goes out the window. Yet research shows that staying well-nourished increases the effectiveness of treatment, reduces side effects and speeds recovery after treatment is over."
Educating people about the critical role of a healthy diet lies at the core of Ceres' operations. The organization is helping build healthy communities with an aim to restore fresh, whole and organic food to its rightful place as the foundation of health. It works with the fundamental belief that caring human interaction and healthy foods are vital to helping people recover from serious illness.
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