Sue Herman

Board Member

Cynthia "Cindy" Telfer  spent her career in the affordable housing industry, starting in 1981 with the City of Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Housing Commission.  Her passion for service to others was groomed by working with low-income families and collaborating  with many area services providers.  Congressman John Dingell recognized  this dedication on August 18, 2006 in a letter thanking Cindy "for a public service job well done". As Cindy continued to navigate the affordable housing world she worked as a teacher, coach and mentor with private housing providers and public housing agencies.  After becoming the Executive Director of the Melvindale Housing Commission, Cindy pursued the development of a subsidiary non-profit (The Greatest of These Is Love) to provide affordable household items through Nora's Closet and free meals through The Ladle of Love Bistro. The Greatest of These Is Love was founded on a keen interest to serve others.  Our name was inspired from 1 Corinthian's Chapter 13 of the Bible wherein the attributes of love are listed.  In verse 13 of Chapter 13 faith, hope and love are mentioned, but noted of the three the "greatest of these is love".  As a charitable organization we feel it appropriate that love is the surpassing characteristic of our organization.    With the vision, dedication and  the support of our community members and leadership team, we hope to ease the challenges felt by so many of our fellow humans. 

Annette Taylor

Board Member

Luz Guzman
Vice President

​​The Greatest Of   These is Love


  • Nora's Closet is open Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.​
  • Servers needed for meal program on the last two Thursdays of the month.

Our founder

Cynthia C. Telfer

recent programs

  • Partnered with Melvindale Housing Commission to collected nearly 50 warm coats, hats and gloves for area children and adults who lack winter attire.

our leadership team


We jealously maintain a commitment to integrity, vision, respect and teamwork. Because there are many among us that are hungry and/or lacking un basic necessities, we are committed to expanding our services to reach all who are in ​need.

Elizabeth Dionisi