Community Champions

Tamara Madsen Program Director, Cole Vocational Services
Grant Recipient, Ceres Christian Church

Tamara Madsen spends 3 nights a week volunteering at Ceres Christian Church.

For the past 5 years, Tamara has been involved with the church’s program, Celebrate Recovery, a 12-Step Recovery Program for anyone dealing with life’s “hurts, habits, and hang-ups.”  Anyone in the community is invited to join the group which meets weekly and offers food, worship and recovery.

“The program is something that is close my heart,” said Tamara.  “My heart goes out to the broken and lost individuals who need support and do not have the skills to make healthy life style choices.  My husband and I are drawn to being those positive supports for those that need help getting their lives back on track.”

“Tamara reaches hundreds of people a year who need assistance and by doing this she makes the community a better place,” said Aron Duda, Area Director, Cole Vocational Services.

In addition to Celebrate Recovery, Tamara sings for the church, cooks meals for groups and provides backpacks to children in the community who may otherwise go without before going back-to-school.  She is also instrumental in organizing a women’s retreat and the children’s festival each year.  “Our focus is wherever help is needed in the community at the time,” said Tamara.  “We are there to provide time, funds, or food!”

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