Peace and Carrots Garden and Kitchen Partnership

Mike and Michael Wolfsen started a beautiful gardening program by building the Peace and Carrots Garden. It was originally designed to help feed needy neighbors by individuals growing a little bit more than what they needed and donating the extra to a community effort. While that program has proven to be productive with thousands of pounds of produce delivered to our local food bank, we recently have been using extra produce in our Hope for Home meals.  Monday, May 31, was one of those days when we offered Hope for Home a true Farm to Table experience. Eight pounds of Swiss Chard was the inspiration for the meal we made and served to 80 Hope for Home participants. The new garden management team consisting of Kristi Karns, Debra Kniesley and Corlan Harrison are incredibly grateful for the commitment the Wolfsen’s made to creating a program of community effort to feed hungry folks.

Michael Symon’s Orecchiette with Sausage and Swiss Chard


1 lb Orecchiette Pasta (we used Bow Tie Pasta)

1 lb Spicy or mild Italian Sausage

1 lb Swiss Chard roughly chopped with stems

1 cup Cooked Cannellini Beans (drained and rinsed)

8 oz Pasta water

½ cup Chopped parsley

1 T Lemon zest

2 T Lemon juice

½ cup Parmesan cheese

2 T Butter

1T Extra virgin olive oil


Bring 6 quarts of water toa boil with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Cook pasta until very al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove pasta to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Do not rinse pasta and reserve one cup of pasta water.

Heat a large Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown. Add Swiss Chard and cook down for 2 minutes add reserved pasta water and simmer for another minute. Add the beans and pasta simmer for an additional 2 minutes. 

Remove pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest, cheese, parsley, butter and extra virgin olive oil. It’s ready to serve! Enjoy!!

Government Officials Resource

LVCOB Racial Justice in the Community: Government Officials Resource

President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1414 (White House Switchboard)
(202) 456-1111 (White House Comments Line)

Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3841

Senator Alex Padilla
B03 Russel1 Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3553

Representative Judy Chu
27th Congressional District (Claremont, Glendora, Upland)
Washington, DC Office
2423 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5464

District Offices
415 W. Foothill Blvd, Ste 122
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625-5394
527 S. Lake Ave
Suite 250 Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 304-0110

Representative Pete Aguilar
31st Congressional District (Rancho Cucamonga)
Washington, DC Office
109 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3201

District Office
685 E. Carnegie Drive
Suite 100
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 890-4445

Representative Grace Napolitano
32nd Congressional District (La Verne, San Dimas)
Washington, DC Office
1610 Longworth
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5256

District Office
4401 Santa Anita Ave
Suite 201
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 350-0150

Representative Norma Torres
35th Congressional District (Chino, Pomona)
Washington, DC Office
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6161

District Office
3200 Inland Empire Blvd
Suite 200B Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 481-6474

Representative Young Kim
39th Congressional District (Chino Hills)
Washington, DC Office
1306 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4111

District Offices
Not available at the moment

Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-2841

State Senator Connie Leyva
20th Senate District (Chino, Pomona)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4020

District Offices
101 West Mission Blvd., Suite 111
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 469-1110
464 W. 4th Street, Suite 454B
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 888-5360

State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
23rd Senate District (Rancho Cucamonga)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 3056
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4023

District Office
10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 919-7731

State Senator Anthony Portantino
25th Senate District (La Verne, Claremont, San Dimas, Glendora, Upland)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4025

District Offices
116 E. Broadway Street, Suite 204
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 409-0400
201 E. Bonita Avenue
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-7351

State Senator Josh Newman
29th Senate District (Chino Hills)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4062 Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4029

District Office
1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 671-9474

Assembly member Chris Holden
41st Assembly District (La Verne, Claremont, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland)
Capitol Office, Room 5132
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2041

District Offices
600 North Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 351-191
415 West Foothill Blvd., Suite 124
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624-7876

Assembly member Blanca Rubio
48th Assembly District (Glendora)
Capitol Office, Room 5175
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2048

District Office
100 North Barranca Street, Suite 895
West Covina, CA 91791
(626) 960-4457

Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez
52nd Assembly District (Chino, Pomona)
Capitol Office, Room 2188
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2052

District Offices
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 902-9606

Assemblymember Phillip Chen
55th Assembly District (Chino Hills)
Capitol Office, Room 4177
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2055

District Office
3 Pointe Drive, Suite 313
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 529-5502
Chino Hills
La Verne
Rancho Cucamonga
San Dimas

Congratulations to our Graduates

High School Graduates

Ellie Boardman, Claremont High School

Robbie Davis, Claremont High School

Analise Kusleika, Claremont High School

Alana McConnell, Ruben S. Ayala High School

College Graduates

Kylina Aliotti, from Cal State University, Northridge

Zach Brehmeyer, from Franklin Pierce University

Nathan Keeler,  from the University of La Verne , Broadcast Television,  Film and Digital Media. 

Katie Mitchell, from Cal State Fullerton

Graduate Degrees

Amanda Bennett, from Bethany Theological Seminary — Masters in Divinity

Zion Faye, Keck Graduate Institute – Masters in Business and Science (Biotechnology)

Katy Herder, from San Francisco State University, Masters in Social Work

Madison Stark, from Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University 

Kelly Whittington, from Touro University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy 

2021 Summer Service Workers

Gloria Arroyo

Hello! My name is Gloria and I grew up in California. I am passionate about mental health and taking away the stigma around mental disorders/illnesses, empowering marginalized communities, helping low-income families and schools, and journeys for self-discovery and growth. My goal right now is to focus on my undergraduate studies, then go for my graduate degree, so that I can teach higher education. I have chosen to work with La Verne Church of Brethren because of the opportunity for spiritual growth and, more than anything, to contribute to the wonderful youth leadership programs it has, such as peace camp.

Elvira Gonzalez

Hello! My name is Elvira Gonzalez, and I am from Ontario, California. I am currently a senior at the University of La Verne. I am working towards my undergraduate degree for a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Once I have completed my degree, my next goal is to finish with a Master Degree in sport and performance therapy. When I am done with school, I plan on becoming a sport and performance therapist. I have always been heavily involved in an active lifestyle as I played volleyball for thirteen years and have been coaching for about six years. It is my dream to work for a major sports league team or a college athletic department with the degree(s) I obtain in the future. On a more personal level I enjoy gardening, creating jewelry, reading, and hiking. This will be my second year in the Summer Service program, and I am excited to be working with La Verne Church of the Brethren peace camp. I chose this particular site because I enjoy working and learning from groups of people who are part of a community. I felt that La Verne Church of the Brethren would be a perfect opportunity to learn something new from a community I have been a part of for a while. I also love working with children/youth as I have come to find out that not only do I have the pleasure of teaching them valuable lessons in life, but they have always managed to teach me something that I cannot learn anywhere else. I have noticed that my calling was to serve my community, and I take so much pride in finding ways that I can extend a helping hand to others that need my help. I am very blessed and honored to be working with La Verne Church of the Brethren this summer! 

La Verne Church of the Brethren Statement on Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd

The La Verne Church of the Brethren strongly denounces the ongoing and senseless deaths of African American citizens and persons of color in our country. The deliberate hate crime committed against Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia on February 23, 2020 is the latest example of how racism and hate continue to lead to senseless death of African Americans with little or no accountability by the justice system or our society as a whole. Simultaneously, the death of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020 at the hands of Louisville police and the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers in late May shows the continued disregard by law enforcement and the judicial system in our society when serving and protecting our African-American and minoritized communities. No clearer picture of this exists than the contrasting attitudes of the New York Police Department’s disparate treatment of White persons in a park who earned compassion and civility by receiving face masks, while people of color were being beaten for not social distancing just five miles away by the same department.

The La Verne Church feels that the continued ignorance of these issues is contrary not only to the laws of our land, but to the fundamentals of a Christian faith our leaders profess our country was founded upon. As a member of one of the three historic peace churches, this congregation strongly condemns not only the actions above, but society’s willing acceptance of these acts. 

The La Verne Church of the Brethren calls upon the churches of the Brethren denomination to stand with us to jointly condemn these acts and call out racial injustice in their communities. The La Verne Church calls upon our Brethren colleagues to continue to be guided by the 1991 Report of Committee on Brethren and Black Americans (Hayes, et al., 1991) that calls out “racism as a sin – a sin again God and against our neighbors – and mount a concerted effort to combat it” (p.3). The report then sets out 14 recommendations for the Church of the Brethren denomination to address racism and injustice by the Board and Congregations, in particular:

“We recommend that congregations stand in solidarity with black Americans and other victims of racial hate by speaking out against overt expressions of racially motived violence and offering assistance to its victims.” (p.5) 

The La Verne Church of the Brethren strongly condemns racially motivated hate crimes and the continued systemic racial injustices in our system that promote these and related acts against our African-American and other marginalized communities.

As a congregation, we are committed to the work of anti-racism and are in this work for the long haul, even when acts of racial injustice are not in the headlines.  We are committed to continual education of ourselves and others.  We are committed to participate in and stand in solidarity with racial justice coalitions locally and nationally.  We are committed to dismantling racism through our actions, words, relationships, and practices.


William A. Hayes, Chair Robert Allen, Jr. Sue Wagner Fields Kreston R. Lipscomb Marian Thornton Duane H. Ramsey (1991) Report of Committee on Brethren and Black Americans.  1991 Annual Conference Report. Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Official Documents. The report from the Annual Conference study committee on BRETHREN AND BLACK AMERICANS was presented by William A. Hayes, chair. The report was adopted with one (1) amendment by the delegate body, which has been incorporated in the Report.