7560! That’s the number of hot meals that has been served at the Stephenville Lions Club in the past five years during the Southwestern Housing Stability Initiative’s Community Cafe. Partnering with the Stephenville Lions Club, this collaboration of community-minded organizations, business, governmental departments, service and faith groups, address issues regarding homelessness and housing stability. Since October 2011 the Stephenville Lions Club has been the home of the monthly Community Cafe.
Community members from all avenues of life are invited in to enjoy a freshly made, hot meal with a little something sweet to follow. The welcoming environment offers a friendly atmosphere to meet new friends, catch up with ones not seen for a spell, all while enjoying a delicious meal…all for no cost. Patrons are invited to sit while someone tends to their lunch needs. Local musicians volunteer each month and entertain with toe-tapping music and song.
With friendly smiles and heart-warming hugs, the Community Cafe has grown over the years into a family, a family of inclusion. Whether you struggle with mental health issues, are in between addresses, a senior or a child, receive social assistance or deliver the cheque all are welcome to join the Lions and other volunteers for lunch.
January 9-15, 2017 is the Lions World Wide Week of Service to Fight Hunger and the Stephenville Lions Club is doing it’s part this week and every month through the Community Cafe. On Thursday, Jan. 12, volunteers, including 13 Lions, served 124 meals for free…what a fantastic feeling!
Best thing is, we get to do it all again next month!