Founded in October 2001 by four businessmen with a common concern for the homeless, Trinity Cafe has provided the Tampa community with approximately 280 meals each day for the past fourteen years. However, Trinity Cafe provides more than just meals. They show respect, kindness and compassion to those dining in their cafe by setting tables with cloths, china and silverware, and seating guests by a hostess. Volunteer table hosts sit at each table offering conversation, encouragement and support to the diners. They believe this restores a sense of dignity to many people who have lost hope due to their circumstances.
The cafe provides food from a trained Executive Chef who prepares meals you would find in most five star restaurants, and he recently served his 1 millionth meal. The 1 millionth diner was John, a military veteran, ex-cop who was disabled from a motorcycle accident. After the accident, John said, “If not for my wife; I’d be dead. She was told by doctor’s I’d never recover and she refused to believe that; she wouldn’t let them disconnect me from machines.” Little by little John began to recover. He spent more than a year in the hospital and a rehab facility regaining brain function and learning to walk again. Soon after he was released and back home, his wife died suddenly. John was devastated, losing his support system. He got behind on bills and was soon living without electricity. John came to Trinity Cafe for a hot meal and goes to the VA for medical help.
“I have a new chance in life and I’m working to get back on my feet again,” John says, “I really appreciate the food and kindness here at Trinity Cafe.”To learn more about the Trinity Cafe business model, visit their website here.