Dear guests, volunteers, and supporters of SPIN Café,
We’ve searched for over two months to locate a new place for our coffee shop and dinner service, since our landlord announced that we would need to vacate our long-time space on Bayshore by December 31.
The good news is that, in the midst of ongoing support from churches, pastors, and individuals from all over our local faith community, two amazing congregations in our city have stepped up to partner with us, agreeing to host midweek dinners beginning this week.
It’s a time to give thanks. We may give thanks for an abundant harvest, thanks for our health, thanks for strong, vibrant relationships that give our lives meaning.
We pause at Thanksgiving to reflect on these things. Then many of us reach in our wallets and spend like crazy from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
SPiN Board spokesman Tom Saunders gives his perspective on what’s new at SPiN and where we’re headed.
How has SPiN changed, from your perspective, since the coffee shop reopened last month?
TS: The mission of SPiN Café has not changed but we have changed its structure. Clarification of written policies has provided the staff and the Board of Directors better definition of how we conduct business. We have honed our focus on our core competencies with clear boundaries. We want to be the best at providing food to those in need and a safe place for our guests to get out of the weather in a cost effective manner.
“Hi, can I help you?”
Tangiler London smiles at a guest, answers a question, and refocuses on her work.
As a former SPIN guest who now manages SPIN’s coffee shop, Tangiler has seen a lot of changes, and she’s happy to know she’s been a part of making it a better place.
While the urgency builds to find a new location as of January 1st, Tangiler knows SPIN’s guests are being served well in the meantime.
We at SPIN Café appreciate our community’s patience with recent changes in our operations. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have reopened the SPIN Café coffee shop on Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM To 6:00 PM. This will allow our guests a place to get out of the weather and enjoy a cup of coffee. For the time being, we will be closed on weekends.
Dear SPIN friends and supporters,
It is with great regret that I write this.
Today we informed our many SPIN guests that with the recent loss of funding from Island County Human Services, we are unable to continue to operate a drop in center. The SPIN Board of Directors met to consider our options and budget, and had to make the painful and difficult choice to close the drop in center as of Monday, September 30.
While we seek other funding options and make plans for our new building, we will continue to offer meal service as usual, three evenings a week from 4pm to 6pm, in our current location. Your continued support is still needed and greatly appreciated.
Of course this change will put a huge burden on our guests at SPIN Café, many of whom are already struggling to survive. It is heartbreaking to take away the threads of hope, dignity, and community that we’ve been able to provide. It is our sincere hope that other caring individuals and organizations will take this opportunity to step forward to lead an effort to assist our most vulnerable neighbors in need.
Many thanks to you, our SPIN family and friends, for all you’ve done to support us over the years. Please contact me directly at email@example.com or leave a message for me at 360-682-5949 if you have questions or comments.
With deepest gratitude,
Vivian Rogers Decker
Founder, SPIN Café
By Vivian Rogers Decker, SPIN Café Founder
SPIN was founded with a singular mission: Serving People in Need. That's what we do, and it's still our driving mission.
Last April, SPIN Café announced acquisition of an expanded location to better serve our guests and provide for the needs of the community. As detailed in the Whidbey News Times, the additional space will include a commercial kitchen, laundry, showers, and some privacy for guests accessing resource center services.
They’re just figures on a page. But every one of them represents a victory, however small it is, in our mission to Serve People In Need.
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