George Oliphant


YMCA Grosvenor House Gets Rescued

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 9, 2012

Marcus and George

For the past few months I worked with George Oliphant and the “George to the Rescue” team to rebuild the kitchen at the YMCA Grosvenor House. Grosvenor Neighborhood House is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and their families gain economic and personal self-sufficiency, and they provide year-round educational and recreational services. They also provide food education to the children so you can only imagine how important a proper kitchen is for their daily needs.

You should have seen this kitchen when we first walked in. Budgetary concerns had limited the Grosvenor House’s ability to update any appliances and the grill was caked with rust. You wouldn’t even want to eat an apple in that kitchen. To make matters worse, when George and contractor Stephen Fanuka inspected the area, they found abestos in the ceiling.

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