Daniel Insurance and the Idaho Community

Part of the significance of being a local business is the ability to truly interact with the members of the community every day on the job. Over the past few years in particular, Daniel Insurance has involved our client family in deciding on a local charity or nonprofit organization to donate to each year. This takes place through a survey where clients can choose or suggest a potential candidate organization. After we contact the organization, we are usually able to visit in person and provide even more information to our client community afterward, encouraging further involvement.

The survey will be organized and conducted soon. Stay tuned for an email directing you to respond and let your opinion be heard.

For the second time, we asked our clients to give us feedback on which organization we should donate to as a business. We were impressed by how many of you took interest, and we wanted to share that the community organization you chose was Life’s Kitchen

After making our donation, we had the great experience of visiting Life’s Kitchen as well as eating in the attached Rory’s Cafe.

Life’s Kitchen was founded by Rory Farrow in 2003 with the goal of providing opportunity youth with work and life skills. Today, the organization continues to provide its trainees with the skills necessary to become successful in life.

This training includes kitchen skills, of course, but Life’s Kitchen also does more. The 16-week program includes training in advanced culinary skills, leadership skills, and overall life skills like understanding money, taxes, how to get a job, and more. Assistance is also provided to help trainees complete their GEDs if they haven’t already. At the end of the program, trainees are helped to transition back into the community through job and internship placements. They are also offered continued support after they complete the program.

Life’s Kitchen’s three businesses help provide funding for the program, with one of these businesses being Rory’s Cafe. Trainees have the opportunity to work at the Cafe, work on catering orders, and even help provide charitable meals for the community.

We enjoyed our meal at Rory’s Cafe, and we encourage those reading to visit the cafe, place a catering order, or utilize the banquet room services in the future. You are also encouraged to donate to the program yourself if possible! More information about Life’s Kitchen as well as a place to donate can be found at lifeskitchen.org. 

Thank you again to Tammy and Richard at Life’s Kitchen for organizing a picture and telling us more about the program!

Notes from Elise: Following the conclusion of the survey we sent requesting feedback on organizations we should support this year, I was excited to be able to deliver the checks this week. Giving back to the community both monetarily and through volunteering has always been something important to me, and doing so is becoming even more important as many already struggling communities and individuals continue to be put under pressure during the current pandemic. As an independent insurance broker, part of my job is in creating relationships with all of my clients, so it was meaningful to be able to include their opinions in this decision.

Two organizations tied for the most votes: Interfaith Sanctuary and the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House in Boise is an organization that provides housing for families of sick children in the times they need it most. Families are able to stay near their children as they receive treatment in Boise. Familial support is something unquestionably necessary as children overcome illness. Click here to visit the Ronald McDonald House website to learn more or find ways to support them.

Interfaith Sanctuary is another local organization that serves the homeless population in Boise and helps people transition out of homelessness. They offer emergency shelter and meals and help connect individuals with other community services to help them. They have been particularly stressed due to COVID-19. I had the great opportunity to meet with Jodi Stigers, the executive director of the program, who is also pictured above with me. Click here to visit the Interfaith Sanctuary website and find ways to support them. 

I was honored to be able to give back to the community in a meaningful way, and I hope to make this an annual tradition. I will continue to keep my clients’ best interests at heart and survey again next year for more organizations to give back to. I encourage all of you to support the Ronald McDonald House and Interfaith Sanctuary yourselves and continue to look for other organizations to support, especially during the current health crisis. 

Miniature therapy horse a favorite at Boise senior living community

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Buster Brown is not your average horse. Besides being just three feet tall, he also provides a valuable service as a therapy horse. He has become a favorite visitor at The Terraces of Boise senior living community.

Maggie O’Mara
May 28, 2017

BOISE – A miniature horse has won the hearts of residents at a Boise senior living community, thanks to his special healing power.

When “Buster Brown” visits The Terraces of Boise, smiles abound. At just 36 inches tall with a wild mop of hair on his head, Buster is not your typical horse.

“He can be a little bit of a wild man at home sometimes and when he comes here he just chills and is just so happy to visit with the seniors,” said Elise Daniel, Buster’s owner.

The residents of the community can’t get enough of Buster.

“When Buster comes, he just brightens everybody’s day,” said Debbi Evans, The Terraces’ lifestyle director.

Resident Elaine Baker was excited to meet the special visitor.

“This is the first horse I’ve seen wandering the halls,” she said. “There are some dogs that are almost as big as Buster Brown.”

Elise has owned Buster for 17 years.

“I work with seniors and this is my way of giving back to the senior community, is bringing Buster to visit,” she said. “It’s one of the most wonderful things I do with my time.”

Buster seems to like it too.

“Therapy is really his only job and he really really loves it,” Elise said.

While Buster gets lots of love during his visits to The Terraces, the benefit is mutual.

“Being able to pet an animal is actually proven to lower blood pressure and relax people and make people calmer,” Elise said.
Copyright 2017 KTVB

Elise has supported other local organizations, including: 

  • Create common Good.org

  • Boise Police Officers – Boise Police Association – Shop with a Cop

  • Idaho Youth Ranch

  • Boise State Public Radio

  • Faces of Hope

  • The Arc

  • Mission 43