The Breakfast Cafe takes place each and every Saturday morning from 8:15-9:15 am.
It is located in the building of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at the intersection of Pearl and Division in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. It began in 2006 as an outreach of the church and has now grown beyond that as it feeds our neighbors each weekend. Teams of volunteers from St. Mark’s and the community cook and serve the breakfasts. People who are in transition and often homeless walk long distances to attend.
The downtown community relies on the Cafe’s support. Joe and Tracy have been attending since 2012 and Tracy for one year. “We walk up from Dégagé and want you to know that many who stay at shelters are handicapped. There are some who can’t walk up the hill to come.” Aaron: “I have been coming for breakfast since 2007, on and off as needed. Due to my lifelong addictions, I find it hard to stay employed long term and I fall in and out of homelessness. This has been a blessing for me.”
The food is nutritious and the atmosphere feeds the soul. Judith Fay: “The fact that this Cafe gets me out of bed early one day a week is a miracle. I walk here every Sunday in the rain, snow and sunshine. This is my day to see the city as beautiful and asleep as I walk the six blocks to breakfast. I meet new friends here and the coffee is endless. Sometimes I walk into church for the sermon to get inspired.”
The Breakfast Cafe offers our neighbors a community experience and provides an opportunity for parishioners and others to volunteer.
For more information on the Sunday Breakfast Cafe, please contact Judy Freeman or call the church office.