Jennie Humbles, Assistant Cook

Assistant cook Jennie Humbles slices and dices the fruits and vegetables that end up on the dinner plates of Johns Hopkins Medicine patients, family members, faculty and staff. She also sings with Unified Voices, a choir made up of Johns Hopkins employees and community members that sings at, among other events, our yearly MLK Commemoration.

Assistant cook Jennie Humbles prepares the fruits and vegetables that end up on the dinner plates of Johns Hopkins Medicine patients, family members, faculty and staff. When she's not working at The Johns Hopkins Hospital central kitchen, she's singing with Unified Voices, a choir of Johns Hopkins employees and community members that sings at, among other events, our yearly Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.

We prepare the produce: the fruit, salad … everything gets washed. We have to weigh everything to make sure it’s the right amount. We have cantaloupe, pineapple and honeydew. On onion day, you’d be crying, honey! We also do food prep for Suburban and Howard County General Hospital. Yeah, Johns Hopkins does it all.

I’ve been in Unified Voices for over 20 years; it’s a community choir. We even have police, nurses, doctors, an intern. Anybody can come and join. Johns Hopkins sponsors us. It’s like a spiritual choir that helps people when they’re in need of a little love, you know? It’s like a pill — you have to take your medicine today. It’s like a pill that will heal your soul.

I’ve been singing ever since I was small because we used to have shows on the weekend for my father and mother. My parents would say make a joyful noise — whatever you sing, sing from your heart. My special song when I’m down and I’m feeling low is “I want Jesus to walk with me.”

When we sing for patients [at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration], it’s telecast to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview. See, that’s why I love working at Johns Hopkins, that’s why I love being with the patients. Because you know, they say thanks — no, don’t thank me! I thank you because we can share this moment together. And the patients, you should see their smiles. I like it when they smile. Some of them just got off of not eating anything by mouth. You know the first time they eat, they have to eat slowly; you’ve got to take time. We can open our refrigerator, go in there and get what we want out. But these patients can’t. They’ve got to wait for the food to be delivered to them. It’s like we’re their guardian angels to hear, to soothe their souls. So we can help them. That’s the way I see it.

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Margaret Budacz February 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

It is great to work with such an amazing people here at Hopkins.

Assistant cook Jennie Humbles is really a true inspiration to all of us.

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Cynthia Gutierrez February 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Jennie is an incredible person AND singer. Thank you for sharing her story with us.

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Angel February 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

Thank you for all your hard work you do to see that we eat & eat healthy I loved your voice and choice of song I Want Jesus Walk With Me because in this time of life we need Jesus like never before to walk with us at all times.

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SHARON JACKSON February 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

I Loved this story at this time when the USA is so divided I Love to see the Love of people and the caring hearts that people have, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE SONG!!!!

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:Donna February 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

Jennie, you have a beautiful voice as well as a beautiful soul!

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