Clarksville, TN – Don’t miss Manna Cafe’s 12th anniversary on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 a.m. at The Refuge (503 D Street, Clarksville).
We’ll start the day off right with a hearty Southern breakfast, acoustic music, a guest speaker, and a wall of donuts! Spaces are limited, so reserve yours today at $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple.
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A recipe for success
Written by Vicki York
Vanessa has struggled with homelessness for several years and has been a frequent guest at the Manna Café emergency warming center over the past two winters. During this time, Chef Eddie, who oversees Manna’s culinary internship program, got to know her. Last December, he noticed that she was a hard worker, willing to help with the warming center duties.
One day, Vanessa used the ministry kitchen to make potato salad. “I walked in and saw her making the salad,” Eddie says, “and she was smiling and happy and in her zone. So I asked him, “Do you like being in the kitchen?” and she said, ‘Oh my god Eddie, I love to cook!’ So Eddie invited her to become a kitchen intern. Now Vanessa is training for employment in the catering industry, receiving a weekly stipend and receiving hands-on training in a wide range of cooking and catering skills.
When Eddie invited Vanessa to intern, she had only been off drugs for a few weeks, but has now been sober for over six months. Last November, she walked away from addiction. “I was living in a tent,” she told me. “God told me not to take drugs anymore. My life is for him now.
As a new intern, “Vanessa immediately started cleaning,” says Eddie. “She did a great job, focusing on the details, even cleaning the crevices with a knife! She was ready to do what no one else wanted to do. He asked her to make more of his potato salad. “It was a hit,” he says, “and then she made chili, and that was a hit, too.” He started to focus on building his confidence. “Now she’s having fun; she is very eager to learn and try new things. She is always one of the first to step up and step in. At least twice a week, she says, “I love my cooking! I’m really proud of her.
“I made the chili for dinner tonight,” Vanessa tells me with a broad smile. “I love my job. Eddie teaches me skills. He gave me a second chance at life. I’m so grateful.”
Please stay with us in 2022.
The economy is unstable. Things seem uncertain. But hunger and homelessness are daily realities for many Clarksville residents, regardless of the social climate. Will you help us love our neighbors with a monetary donation?
Donate by clicking on the button below; send a check to 605 Providence Boulevard, Clarksville, TN, 37042; or text to give at 931.542.4772.
Thank you from Kenny and the Manna Cafe team.
About Manna Café Ministries
Manna Café Ministries is a faith-based organization dedicated to serving the needs of homeless and low-income families in Montgomery County. Every year, Manna Café provides food baskets and hot meals to 20,000 neighborhood residents.