The first thing I did in my search for a profile subject was to Google map the Whiteaker. I looked at the businesses, churches, and restaurants. Then I went back to our group’s resources blog post to review the details of a couple places that looked interesting. I picked out a couple of targets: the Allegro Suzuki Violin Studio and St. John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church.
I visited the websites for these two places, and then I drove to Whiteaker to check them out. The violin studio had moved. The new resident did not know where it had gone, and the website did not list a new address. The church was never open when I went to check it out, not even during the hours it had posted on a sign.
I drove around Whiteaker for a while. I walked into a couple businesses, but struck out in both. This called for a return to step one. I searched nonprofits in the Whiteaker. I looked over the site of a couple nonprofits and decided I liked the look of Reality Kitchen. I drove to the address listed on the website. When I walked in Cathrine Avila, who helped found the nonprofit, was cleaning up from an activity earlier in the day. I told her what I was looking for. She agreed to be a profile subject, and gave me a brochure about organization.
By Emily Carpenter