The Café is striving to meet the needs of its community members through the offering of many different activities and services.
On any given Saturday you may find a community agency, such as The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts offering sign-up services for SNAP benefits. Or perhaps you may encounter folks from the People’s Medicine Project providing education and samples of natural medicines that heal your body, mind, and soul.
On the horizon is a partnership with the Community Health Center (CHC) of Greenfield. The CHC plans to hold a Health Fair at the Café in September 2018 and then have practitioners on site at least once a month. Additionally, the Café will soon begin to offer an AA meeting before the meal. This weekly meeting will start in September 2018. Stay tuned for more information about these offerings.
Wellness is inclusive of expressing oneself as well as receiving services and information. So, each week after the meal a Council is offered. Council is a listening and speaking from the heart circle discussion group. A member of the Café community who has been trained in this practice facilitates the Council. Ariel Pliskin offered facilitator training in August of 2018. We hope to offer this training on an annual basis.
Wellness includes feeling valued and useful when participating in activities. Therefore, all of our guests are invited to participate at the Café as volunteers, supporters of fundraising events, and members of our organizational team. If you are interested in knowing more about any of these opportunities feel free to discuss it with our executive director, Kirsten Levitt.
The Café has also had a weekly Writer’s Group as well as an Art Group. The groups were facilitated by Café community members and supported by Café staff. These groups are currently inactive. However, if you have an idea for an offering please feel free to discuss it with our executive director, Kirsten Levitt.