Posted: May 18, 2013 4:16 PM by Adam Bell
Updated: May 18, 2013 4:22 PM
BOZEMAN - In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Community Cafe, the Human Resource Development Council held an open house today, along with a community action walk - Walk for a Change.
The Community Café opened more than a year ago, offering free meals to anyone who needs them. But it's not your typical soup kitchen. It runs like a restaurant with waiters bringing food to patrons. But there is no check to pay at the end of the meal. The café is a collaboration between the HRDC and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.
Today, community members marked the one-year anniversary of the café, with a celebration and a walk to raise awareness.
"We really wanted to help our community experience what many of our customers experience on a day-to-day basis. So, you get to walk around see some of the different sights that we provide services from and experience what they experience," Road to Home program manager Matt Hudak said.
Dozens of community members joined in the 4.6 mile walk, including resident Jeff Rupp, who is proud to see an organization like HRDC right here in Bozeman.
"It's an organization that's totally focused on local issues and problems. And I think the examples of the warming center, the fare-free public transportation system and the Community Cafe are unique to Bozeman and are models that a lot of towns could be proud of, we should be as well," Rupp said.