When she volunteered at the breakfast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Shannon Chase usually served up pastries and muffins on Wednesdays before dashing off to classes in ancient civilizations and biblical studies at the University of Michigan.
Now she's the one recruiting college students and others to volunteer at the free daily breakfast program, having taken over as director in early September.
Chase is stepping into some huge shoes: for twenty-five years the breakfast was run by diminutive St. Andrew's deacon Svea Gray, a volunteer who was well known for her strict-looking smile and her openness.
"The guests miss her. They ask about her," says Chase.
Originally a program of the church, the breakfast became an independent nonprofit organization five years ago, mainly so it could accept donations from businesses and groups that will not give to religious institutions.