We served 221 guests in August!

Cafe Connect: Corey Seifert

The next post in this series is from Corey Seifert, Volunteer Coordinator for the Cafe.

 

Has your service at Crescent City Cafe changed your opinion of homelessness/those less fortunate/those in need?  If so, how?

 

Serving at the Cafe has helped me overcome my hesitation to interact with people in need. When I used to come across people on the IMG_9533street, I would avert my gaze or go a different way because I was uncomfortable. Not because I thought they would hurt me or I was worried about being asked for money or anything. Just because I didn’t know how to relate. Now that I’ve had breakfast and shared stories and learned more about who some of these people are, I recognize that they are just that – people. People in a different situation but they still desire and deserve the same social interactions those of us who are more fortunate have come to expect – a hello, a smile, a wave, a prayer. I don’t always have something physical to give, but I’ve learned that’s not always what’s needed.

 

August 16th Cafe

We served 88 guests at the third Saturday’s Cafe of the month!  Thank you to The Rotary Club of New Orleans River Bend for serving with us.  The help is always appreciated.  Additional Pics from the Cafe are posted on the Facebook Page. We’d love to have you join us at the next Crescent City Cafe, SIGN UP HERE.

As usual we had a great menu for our Guests.

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  • Breakfast Pizza (sausage, hash browns, eggs, cheese)
  • Fruit Salad
  • Cheese Grits

Option 2

  • Bruschetta (sausage, eggs, tomato)
  • Fruit Salad
  • Cheese Grits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe Connect: Emily Saffell

The next post in this series is from Emily Saffell, one of the Leaders on the Week 1 Team.

 

How did you learn about the Cafe and what made you want to volunteer with us?

 

20140607_072259I first heard about the Cafe from Corey Seifert, the volunteer coordinator, who I attend church with. She told me about the mission of the Cafe and what the volunteers do. Being new to the New Orleans area, I wanted to volunteer because it sounded like a great way to get involved in the community and meet other service-minded young adults. I continued volunteering because along with creating some great friendships with volunteers, I’ve also created relationships with some of the Cafe guests who regularly come for breakfast, and getting to hear their stories is one of the best parts of the Cafe. And the food’s pretty delicious too!

 

Change Is Good

 

 

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Exciting News!  The Crescent City Cafe will be transitioning into a daily cafe/restaurant, similar to that of the SAME Cafe, located in Denver. To learn more, please view their video here.

This change will require a lot of additional support. As such, Adam Suter is going to transition out of his current role of Program Director in mid-September in order to begin raising a 2 year salary for the future full-time Program Director. Adam will be relocating to Atlanta by January and plans to be able to hire this person in 2015.

In the meantime, Adelle Bergman will serve as the Interim Director of the Cafe while Adam raises support. Adelle has been part of the Leadership Team for the past several years. Once hired, the future full-time Program Director will begin the process of making the Cafe its own nonprofit and lead through this transition.

None of this would be possible without the hard work of the Cafe’s volunteers, community partners and generous donors. We look forward to updating you more soon.

Thank You!

The Cafe Leadership

 

August 2nd Cafe

We served a total of 84 Guests at Saturday’s Cafe.  We want to send out a special thanks to La Capitol Federal Credit Union for volunteering with us and raising over $300 to help pay for the meal.

Here is the menu from this weeks Cafe:

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  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Blueberry and Maple Sausage
  • Cantaloupe

Option 2

  • Pancakes with Blueberry Compote
  • Blueberry and Maple Sausage
  • Eggs
  • Cantaloupe

As always our Cafes are a popular place for young adults to serve in New Orleans. Make sure you sign up now for the next available Cafe. Check out additional pics from Saturday’s Cafe on our Facebook Page.