Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elam Jewett Cafe

For the past almost 6 years I've worked at St. Mary's School for the Deaf (I'll blog about the School soon). Throughout my years here I've been part of a lot of great events and projects but I have really been impressed with and love the vision of the newest community project; The Elam Jewett Cafe.

The Elam Jewett Café is a not-for-profit organization involving the Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd and St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. The purpose of the café is to provide valuable work experience to the deaf and disabled individuals in our community. In addition to this vocational opportunity, the Café will serve the Parkside Community and the surrounding areas.

The Cafe is located inside the Church Of The Good Shepherd on the corner of Jewett and Summitt. It is across the street from The Darwin Martin House.

Currently the Cafe is open Mon - Fri from 9:30am - 11:30am (when the school is in session). They are starting small, giving the kids opportunities to learn all about the "cafe" business.

They serve pastries, cakes, cookies and then hot and cold beverages (depending on the season). The pastries are $2.00 and the drinks range from $1.00 - $2.00 as well. They offer comfortable chairs to sit in and a wireless network if you need to get out of the house for a few hours to get some work done.

I realize that most people might not be able to get there right now because they work during those hours but they do have plans of expanding and serving lunch. Ultimately, their goal is to be there to serve the patrons of The Darwin Martin House, since annually they get thousands of visitors and are looking for a spot to grab food before/after their tour. Currently there are really no CLOSE locations to grab food, and The Cafe is situated in the prime location.

The next step for the Cafe is to hire a full time manager. This will allow them to expand their hours and have great insight into taking the next steps with the Cafe.

Check them out on the web:
(I have posted a lot of pictures of the renovations on the site, so please take a look)

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