December 2023 – Addie Hartnett

The following video was played November 14, 2023 at Crave’s 2nd Annual Community Celebration Breakfast. Alum Addie Hartnett was asked why they joined the first Crave class in 2017. Special thanks to Create180 Design, D3G Productions, and Simasek Studios for their assistance with the production of this video.

July 2023 – Rev. Michele Van Son Neill

Introducing FX Crave, Class I Six years ago, Crave came to life as a way to connect “church people” with amazing mission-minded non-church leaders making a social impact in Central Florida. Throughout the years, these incredible Crave Leaders and alumni have been served by faith-based volunteers as board members, community partners, coaches, and committee members. […]

March 2023 – Rev. Michele Van Son Neill

  Feeding Hope for Grassroots Visionaries Yesterday my son and I spent several hours packing food in boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank. If you’ve never been, I strongly recommend it: 1. clear mission, 2. well oiled machine, 3. high volume impact. Their slogan is Feeding Hope which is a clever reference to how their […]

November 2021 – Michele Van Son Neill

Confessions of a Founder: This is so about you My mom would have turned 78 later this month. She was a kind soul and she died too young. I miss so much about her, but especially her simple direct wisdom. “Life is daily” was a good one. Another favorite: “Men. Women. What was God thinking?” […]

May/June 2021 – Debra Hendrickson

Dreams for Our Future   One of my favorite quotes is from Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Four years ago I was approached by Michele Van Son Neill to assist her in the creation of her dream…a new spiritual leadership program she called “CRAVE”.  […]

September 2020 – Shelly Denmark

The Ever-Expanding Crave Universe” Stephanie Preston Hughes: “Is the Crave Universe an intentional description?” Me: “I don’t know. I’ll have to ask Michele Van Son Neill, our Founder.” SPH: “Because it’s a perfect analogy to the ever-expanding universe we live in. The Crave family keeps getting bigger as we help people make more and more […]

July 2020 – Brian Vann

Endings and Beginnings With the third year of Crave coming to an end, we celebrate the two Crave Leader graduating cohorts—one from Orlando and one from Sanford. The Crave program runs from August to June so this year’s classes completed the Crave curriculum during a most unprecedented time in our country’s history. As all non-profits do, these […]

June 2020 – Michele Van Son Neill

Year 3: Concluding Blog We are always living history.  Yet, there are moments – like this one – that will become a major Chapter Title of our Nation’s Story. Have you noticed that triumphs of the human spirit are always tucked in a tapestry of death and destruction? Women secured the right to vote on […]

January 2019 – Sade Adeyemi

  I spent one of my first few hours as a Crave Leader in tears. Here I was, in a room full of ambitious, established people dedicated to their respective causes and making major moves within their communities, and I, a recent grad with bright blue hair and little experience in the real world, was […]

Crave Is My Church

My parents raised me in church. Potluck Wednesday suppers where mayonnaise was the primary ingredient of every dish.  Ladies with big hats who smelled of rose water and hugged too tightly. Fearlessly exhausted Sunday school volunteers who tried to make ancient, strange stories relevant. Playground time, butter cookies in tin cans, and parents who talked […]

Crave II Orlando Kickoff

Crave II Orlando has begun! As strangers, Orlando-based social innovators gathered for an overnight retreat to begin the work of vulnerably sharing our stories, hearts, and dreams with one another. Desire for belonging and safety produced regular laughter, connection, and collective contagious creative hopefulness. The new Crave Leaders’ courage and passion made that Something More […]

Class of 2018 Leaders Graduation

With the graduation of these remarkable leaders, Crave has begun! The celebration was a lovely gathering of open-hearted and supportive friends, family, and new supporters. Time, money, and décor was donated by the Board Members. One Board Member even flew from Vermont to attend! Each Crave Leader added to our merriment with the addition of […]