Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Eddy House and Z Pie Restaurant are celebrating the one year anniversary of the effort to assist foster children who have aged out of the system, by giving them a place to live and work.
Ivan Vivienni, 19, lives at The Eddy House and works at Z Pie while studying to become a nurse at TMCC. Ivan says before the house and the restaurant he lived a totally different life and without this program he probably wouldn't be on track, "This is a really, really great program. It's life changing."
Ivan was accepted into the program last year and since then he has advanced to the top, as the lead server at Z Pie, he has also worked toward having his own bedroom at The Eddy House.
Living at The Eddy home comes with expectations, each occupant must be working and attending school. Ivan says those involved with the program are like family, "They mean a lot to me, I consider them my family especially after everything they've done for me."Michael Tragash, General Manager of Z Pie being a part of the program is a huge reward, "I've never been told that I made a difference in someone's life and so hearing that on a daily basis is something really special."
The founder of the project and Z Pie Franchise Owner, Lynette Eddy says the Reno community has really helped the program, "These are our kids the communities kids and what I'm finding out is that the community is there, Reno has a great community."
Though Lynette's program can only accommodate so many former foster children at a time, she says it's important for them to reach out for help.
So how can you be a part of this effort? Join The Eddy House Project and Z Pie at the West Street Market in Downtown Reno this Sunday, April 28th from 4p.m. to 7p.m. for the "Pies with a Purpose" fundraiser.
Local Chefs will be cooking up their versions of the pot pie, and all the proceeds go to The Eddy House Project.
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