Mission & Core Values

Our mission is to create a community space where people from all walks of life come together to share nourishment, connection, and learning for body, mind, and spirit.

In order to ensure that the Café’s mission and vision are fulfilled its founders identified their core values and implemented them. Every board, committee, and staff meeting begins with our reminding ourselves of the following:

  • Three Peacemaker Tenets: Openness: letting go of fixed ideas, so that I may, Bear witness: to the joy and suffering of the world, in order to facilitate the emergence of Loving actions: that heal myself and others.

  • The Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.

These mentor statements aided in the formation of our core operating values at the Café. The staff and board of directors affirm and promote core values that ensure that all people are valued.

At the Café we know that all people are striving to do their best and that we are always a work in progress. Through our sharing and connections we learn about one another. Through our communication we create relationships. We treat one another with respect and compassion when discussing challenging issues. We resolve to try again when we fall short.

What does it mean to be a Pay-What-You-Can Café?

A lot of people are confused about our model. They wonder "What is the Café? Is it a soup kitchen?" The simple answer is... not so simple! The reality is that we are neither a soup kitchen nor a for-profit restaurant. We are a community restaurant operating in a manner that is more like mutual aid than a charity - and yet - we are a nonprofit corporation that allows our supporters to make non-taxable contributions to help us feed our neighbors.

Here's a definition of Pay What You Can (PWYC): A non-profit or revenue-driven plan of action that does not rely on set costs for its merchandise, but rather requests that clients pay what they feel the item or administration is worth to them. PWYC relies on correspondence (connection) and trust to succeed!

The Stone Soup Café operates in a PWYC manner so that all members of the community are able to access healthy, nutritious, delicious, cooked with love meals. Our meal is for everyone, every time they want to dine with us, regardless of their ability to pay what it costs us to provide the meal.

If the Café was a "soup kitchen" many people might think that "only poor people or people in need or food insecure people" can participate in our community Café, which simply isn't true. The PWYC model invites us to all participate at a level in which we can.

Sharing our work through volunteering, our wisdom through our interactions and expertise, and our wealth through the PWYC model is at the heart of our Café. We trust our community.

Our Core Values

Our Café Promotes & Affirms These Core Values In All We Do

Inclusiveness
Relationship
Respect
Sharing
Dignity
Compassion
Mindfulness
Kindness
Empathy
Using Right Speech
Connection & Learning
Openness