Icons: Mrs. Alexander and the CitySquare coffee pot
During my very first week at CitySquare, way back when it was known as Central Dallas Food Pantry (1994), I made an important purchase: an industrial size coffee pot!
I recall very clearly that first day as I broke out my new coffee maker.
As I worked to set it up and make coffee in the interview room, a long-time volunteer said to me, "What are you doing, Larry?"
"Well, I'm making coffee in our new coffee maker! I like coffee. I expect our neighbors like coffee. So, we can get acquainted over a cup of coffee!" I excitedly explained.
"Don't you know that if you make coffee these people will never go away," the volunteer informed me.
It was at that point that I realized we had a ways to go and grow when it came to community engagement and development.
Well, the coffee maker went to work, and lots of stories continue to orbit around the old pot!
A couple of years ago, the coffee maker got put up, largely due to the crowds that have streamed into the food pantry for assistance over the past few years. We had a hard time with the scale of demand for coffee. Putting the pot up was a mistake, even with the understandable challenges.
Recently, we broke the coffee maker out of the closet! Above you'll see Ms. Nois Alexander, long-time volunteer who understands the power of hospitality and friendly conversation over a hot cup of Java!
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A repository of ideas, resources, commentary and opinions concerning the issues facing low-income residents of the inner cities of the United States and how mainstream America largely forgets or, worse, ignores the day-to-day realities of urban life for the so-called "poor." Written and edited by the President & CEO of CitySquare. Please visit CitySquare.
Today and throughout 2013, we need your support to continue our life-changing work in inner-city Dallas. Every day hundreds of our wonderful neighbors arrive at our doors seeking our assistance, offering their help and prepared to pursue a better life. Frankly, the folks we "serve" make essential contributions to the scope, nature and soul of the work we attempt. At CitySquare we honor and recognize the amazing value and richness of our low-income neighbors. During 2012, almost 55,000 different people received the benefit of our wide-ranging services designed to assist in the process of building better lives. We need your help TODAY as we continue to respond to the needs of our community. Even more, we need you to become our PARTNER in the work of compassion and community renewal--work that continues day after day at CitySquare.