SPiN Cafe: a vital resource!

Michele Chapman is Executive Director of SPiN Cafe.

The last 6 months have been a blessing not only to the guests that come to SPiN, but also to those of us who serve.  We re-opened our doors on February 3, 2021 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church adding the Day Shelter to our Sack Lunch program.  The Day Shelter is open from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday and provides a safe, dry place for people to rest, access wi-fi, get beverages, snacks and lunch.  Many of our guests arrive first thing in the morning from The Haven, some come to us on the transit bus or on foot, and some by private vehicle. 

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SPiN still needs you

by Tom Saunders, SPiN Board member

SPiN Cafe 2021 is a success story in rebranding and building a successful organization which has gained the trust and support from local government agencies, businesses and many individuals on Whidbey Island.

We are proud to say that the issues we faced in 2019 are long gone and we are a proud organization of 5 individuals on payroll together with over 30 volunteers, an Executive Director and a volunteer Board of Directors who are all committed to our mission. 

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8 years serving SPiN’s Mission

From our Board President, Rev. Marc Stroud

SPiN Cafe has offered shelter and nourishment to Oak Harbor residents for the past eight years. Most of that time we were in a little storefront on Bayshore Drive, next to the DMV offices. During the early years of the Café, we responded to the needs of our Oak Harbor homeless, jobless, and low income guests. Through the Café, these individuals were able to find the necessary facilities, laundry services, showers, cooked meals and job search information.

Marc Stroud
Marc Stroud is SPiN’s Board President and Associate Pastor at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church.
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Stroud, Chapman advocate for SPiN

When February temperatures turned frigid, and most of Whidbey’s citizens hunkered indoors from the snow and bitter wind, it was painfully evident that winter is deadly dangerous for dozens of our neighbors.

St. Stephens hosts SPiN’s Day Shelter.

SPiN Board President Marc Stroud and Executive Director teamed up on an open letter to our city leaders, published in our local Whidbey News-Times. Many thanks to Pastor Marc and to Michele for your advocacy! Their letter reads as follows:

Editor,

To Mayor Bob Severns and members of the Oak Harbor City Council: This week’s freezing weather has brought a long-standing community need to greater light.

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