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Hard Times Cafe — An Empowerment ModelDate:
February 23, 2005
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
This meeting was: Hard Times Cafe– An Empowerment Model. Rather than our typical speaker- at- the- podium presentation, the Hard Times Cafe mentor and coordinator, Kathy Needham, spoke along with three others who help facilitate the Cafe’s work, in chairs along a row in front of the podium. The Hard Times Cafe was piloted through the Westminster Food Pantry in August of 1995. It is a grassroots empowerment organization which provides Downtown residents with a forum to take more control over their lives and their neighborhood.
About Hard Times Cafe Staff
Hard Times Cafe Staff, Hard Times Cafe
The Hard Times Cafe was piloted through the Food Pantry in August of 1995. The Cafe is a grass-roots empowerment organization which provides Downtown residents with a forum to take more control over their lives and their neighborhood. The HTC holds a dinner and meeting every Wednesday from 5:30-7:15pm every Wednesday in the church dining room. Different community organizations volunteer each week to serve and clean up the meal to our neighbors. This meal is an important service to the community because, for many of the diners, this is the only meal they eat each week where they are served family style instead of standing in a line at the missions and soup kitchens.