ONe TRUe LOVe
We feed people!
Hello and thank you for visiting! We are Ann Cabano & Krysten Aldridge, and we are the co-founders of ONe TRUe LOVe!
Our outreach group at the time, Turning Ripples Into Waves, hit the streets back in December 2010 to simply find folks in need of a hug and a cup of soup… what we didn’t know at the time was that what we were doing, was FAR from simple.
As we walked around downtown Phoenix, our hearts & minds were blown away at something that we couldn’t quite articulate… something that felt SO big, so beautiful, so tragic… something that neither of us had ever felt before.
We began to document our process that day on video… attempting to dis-cover the essence of this thing that was stretching our hearts beyond words. People began to approach us and ask us if they could be on video. We quickly turned the camera to capture what would ultimately catapult us into another dimension.
People shared their stories, we asked questions… we got to experience TRUTH in a way that shifted our perspectives. For several hours we learned about how & why these folks became ‘homeless’… we learned about their families, their kids, their forgotten dreams or continued aspirations… we learned about how it FELT to LOSE everything that once made sense… and we also learned about how these folks have experienced LOVe.
The topic of love stopped many of them mid sentence… it seemed to totally perplex & redirect their thoughts. It brought some folks to tears and filled others with joy… it was by far the most impactful question we could ask… “have you ever been in love?”
We knew in that moment that THIS was the thing for which we had been searching… we began to tap in to HOW love… true love… could change a person’s life forever. We called ourselves archeologists for the longest time because we KNEW something existed beneath the superficial understanding and it was as if we had been assigned a mission to unearth it.
On that day, ONe TRUe LOVe was born. At first, we thought OTL was a documentary. We didn’t start out as film-makers, but it is the nature of us to JUMP in and figure it out along the way! We worked for about a year, filled with intense inspiration, interviewing anyone who would talk to us about LOVe. It was pretty incredible to watch stories unfold & we absolutely knew that we had something magical.
Time went on, and we continued to ‘unearth’ our calling…ONe TRUe LOVe transformed into many different things throughout the months & years. We almost couldn’t keep up with what we had started & we began to realize what an impact this work was making on the community we serve as well as those who volunteered to support the mission.
We began to expand, and temporarily the OTL documentary went on the shelf. We knew the biggest part of our mission was to FEED PEOPLE… so we did…. mentally, physically, & emotionally. We created a name for ourselves in the Valley, and people living on the streets began to trust & rely on our support.
You see, the piece that we bring to the table has nothing to do with food. It has to do with LOVe…With seeing people in a way that validates & honors regardless of whatever might be happening on the outside. Food is simply an excuse to start that conversation.
Throughout the MANY stages of transformation, we learned, we ‘failed’, we laughed, we cried, we fired on all cylinders in every direction, and one thing we NEVER did was give up. In attempting to fully embody this mission, we experienced some of the most difficult road blocks to our passion always believing that we would be taken care of… and we were.
Now, after nearly 5 years of victories & defeats, we have finally built the framework within which our mission can make the MOST impact… we are thrilled to announce that we will be hitting the streets in December 2014 with our ONe TRUe LOVe food truck!
Please browse around our site to see the work we have done and where we plan to go. We have many ideas & activities that we think YOU will be excited about, and we look forward to connecting with you!
We are stoked, we are honored, we are thrilled, and we are BLESSED. We thank you for checking out our heart work and we hope you too, get inspired.