The Café of Life staff and volunteers have been there for the poor and hungry people who come to the Leitner Park site for a hot nutritious meal, to get groceries and clothing to take home, and are assisted with other needs. The park site is also used for many community events and private parties on the weekend. However, there are so many others who are not reached who also have these needs. Our goal is to go out to the poor neighborhoods and migrant camps to fulfill these needs for people there too.
Through a holistic approach we meet basic physical needs of food, clothing, medical care at the site and transport people to doctors, dental and other medical appointments. We help find housing and provide furnishings, appliances and household goods to make a livable home. Emotional and mental needs are resolved by our case managers through discussion of problems with clients and referrals when needed for outside help. The women’s support group is empowering as they discuss problems, give support and pray together. There are classes in women’s health and
nutrition, literacy training, and planning for income generating projects. Children are enriched by craft programs, piano and guitar lessons, transportation for school tutoring, and. summer church camp.
The outreach program is providing more services to needy Seniors with delivery of hot meals, providing transportation and helping with their challenges. As part of Outreach to the community other non-profits use our building space for meetings. Spiritual needs are met for a Hispanic AA group, men’s meditation group and Yesukan, an adult Christian Learning
program. We are all equal in the eyes of God and we hope by reaching out and giving encouragement, we will help individuals find strength they did not know that they have and will gain confidence to reach their dreams. Helen Keller said, “although the world is full of suffering it is also full of overcoming of it”.
There is that of God in every man and it can be appealed to with love. That is what our volunteers do who serve our clients with dignity, warmth and smiles; they feel loved and worthy just as they are.
We thank you and our donors for helping us to fulfill our mission to reach out, touch hearts and help those in need.
God Bless You!
Marietta Bala, Chairperson
Board of Directors, Café of Life