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How can you help?

At SPiN Cafe, we rely on everyday support from individuals and businesses in our community. We need supplies for our guests, we need your volunteer time, and we always appreciate your financial support!

DOLLARS:
Donations welcome via PayPal on our website: https://www.spincafeoh.org/donate/
Or by mail to Spin Cafe, PO Box 2438, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277

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A day at SPiN Cafe

Have you ever wondered what we do here at Spin Cafe?  What does Serving People in Need mean? 

Upon opening at 6:30AM, people have started arriving by van from the Haven, with some folks already waiting on the porch for us to open the door.  The morning staff person already has coffee ready, hot water on for tea or oatmeal, and cereal out for breakfast.  There is a constant stream of people getting settled at their tables, washing up, and having breakfast.  It is a busy time of the day for us.

A calm place, where humanity and dignity are respected, brings welcome relief.

By about 8:30, plans have been made for the day and many guests go about their business by catching the Island Transit or walking to Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens, the Garage of Blessings or other locations.  Someone hops on a computer to check their email, social media or to look for information.  At some point someone picks out a movie to watch.

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Bright notes! …and challenges

Treasurer’s report by Tom Saunders, SPiN Treasurer

The Board of Directors of SPiN Cafe are proud to say that we have a very strong balance sheet and have increased our budget from approximately $100,000 in 2021 to over $250,000 in 2022 which has allowed us to provide services to our guests that surpass our pre-pandemic levels.

This increase in services — we now open our day center 11 hours M-F, serve lunches on weekends, and employ an Executive Director and other paid staff, all while facing inflation in costs of serving our guests — has challenged us to find new financial resources. To date, we have met this financial challenge as a result of individual donations and public grants made available from the America Rescue Plan (ARPA). Our service levels today are also a result of great cooperation between SPiN and Island County Human Services as well as many other nonprofit local organizations. We are pleased with the direction we are heading and the support we currently have in our community.

We greatly appreciate our local donors and we continue to need your support more than ever.

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Spring Fling Fundraising Success!

On May 21, 2022, we held our very first Spring Fling Fundraiser at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge to wonderful success! After costs, our net proceeds were just over $12,515. We had a silent auction, raffle items, a 50/50 Card raffle, a photo booth, a dessert auction as well as a Raise the Paddle fundraiser.  We received donations ranging from flower baskets, quilts, coffee, household items and art to carpet cleaning, a virtual golf session and dinner with a County Commissioner!

Colorful invitations brought in the crowds.
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Summer News: Dinners and a Garden

by Michele Chapman

Along with the exciting return of SPiN Cafe dinners, this summer saw new growth of a different kind. Our afternoon staff member Amira was instrumental in the formation of the small garden area across from the front door of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church where we operate.  She gathered quite a few SPiN guests, some materials, plants, and hard work to transform a neglected patch of ground into a beautiful giving area. 

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