To the Editor:
Thank you to The SandPaper team for your latest and superb coverage of LBI’s latest nonprofit, Compassion Café. Our mission is to give significant and compensated work to persons with disabilities.
We will be functioning a café featuring fantastic espresso and light-weight fare with amazing company. Our official grand opening and ribbon reducing ceremony is Monday, Could 17 at 9:30 at our 2021 host locale, Barry’s on Centre Avenue in Beach Haven. Nicole and Barry Baxter have graciously endorsed our efforts in this mission, and with zero economic acquire to their landmark restaurant, we will be open up Monday via Thursday, 7 to 11 a.m. commencing May perhaps 10.
I need to also give a shout-out to the United Methodist Churches of LBI staff and congregation, who have welcomed us to make use of their Seaside Haven Terrace site for all of our “behind the scenes” work. A different large blessing!
We are so grateful to the many who have provided their assist to Compassion Café with encouragement, skills, volunteering and fiscal help. We are a charitable firm under segment 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Our mission’s objectives incorporate a aim of utilizing all who look for employment.
At the time of this creating we have 37 staff members, scheduled to every single do the job six to 8 hrs for every 7 days. When you take a look at our café you may well recognize we are marginally “overstaffed,” but you should take into consideration the joy and objective felt by those 37 employees customers and their grateful households. We hope you share our appreciation, be specially patient, interact with our personnel and give monetarily as you are led.
The board of trustees is just rolling out our “Summer Backyard Party” initiative, the place volunteer hosts entertain in their backyards 20 to 25 neighbors, pals and household with a collective objective of boosting $1,500. This is our estimate of the wages for one particular personnel member for the entire time. We hope to ensure 10 to 15 of these Backyard Parties prior to Oct 1.
I want to near in supplying excellent credit score to my co-founder, Erin Sharkey, and all of you who are serving to this mission turn into a fact. I’ve constantly thought “it usually takes a village,” and by just about every account, Compassion Café is currently part of this awesome village of goodwill. I also want to say “good luck” to our crew of staff and volunteers. You’re going to do excellent.
Look for me at our grand opening, your community Yard Get together, Beach Haven’s forthcoming Artwork Wander or at Compassion Café and/or Barry’s – presently a actually superior location for the soul.
Sue Sharkey, co-founder
Beach front Haven