Cafe on Vine Endowment

 

Community Comes First Cafe on Vine Endowment

Poverty, homelessness and hunger are major issues in our community. Café on Vine has provided a safe haven for many encountering these situations. This organization, located at 932 W. 6th Street, serves 152 meals a day (3,000-4,000 a month) to area people in need. The effort began under John Lewis Community Services and was originally named Café John Lewis. Due to encountered hardships, the Thomas Merton House, Inc. acquired the project in 2007.

Helping Hands

Café on Vine opened under its new name in 2007 and a year later had served 45,248 meals. The Café is completely run by volunteer efforts. Instrumental help for the project came from Sister Bea Snyder from the Sisters of Humility and a generous donation from Pete and Mary Pohlmann. The Pohlmann’s helped to establish the Café on Vine Endowment with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend in April of 2008.

Becoming More Stable 

In November 2008, the organization was able to purchase the building they operate in, allowing for more stability and continued service to the community. The Pohlmann’s have been active in fighting hunger in the Quad Cities. Pete states, “There is a great need for something like this. I wish that it wasn’t necessary, but it is. Mary and I have been interested in the issue of hunger in the Quad Cities for many, many years. It is great to be able to have an impact.”

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