It has been an absolutely amazing experience serving everyone through The House Coffee Sanctuary, and there is a great deal of sadness that comes with our closing on November 30. However even though there are tears that come, there is much to recognize and to celebrate.
We have had the privilege of serving the amazing community of Kensington for the past 13 years. It has been an rewarding journey. We would love to express our sincere gratitude to all or our loyal regulars. So many people have come through our doors that have become far more than just customers. We have built a huge extended family here and The House would not be the same without you. You provided an atmosphere of community, where so many people experienced peace. Thank you for supporting us.
We would also love to extend a huge THANK YOU to our staff through the years. So many amazing people took our mandate of building bridges and stepped into the lives of people with needs. It is amazing to see all the ways so many of our staff lived out our vision and allowed it to transform them, to see the world with new eyes, ready to treat those around them with grace and compassion. We are so grateful you chose to give yourselves to this place.
Special thanks to all the managers and assistant managers through the years who really embodied this place: Ryan Graham who brought the original vision into being, Ryan Lottermoser, Amanda Moore, Derrick Mitchell, Samantha Bell, Shannon Drobot, Jordan Maier, Jenessa McCauley and Josh Albers.
We thank all of our community partners including the neighborhood businesses , our employment program partners and summer program facilitors who enabled us to mentor and encourage youth of Calgary in not only employment related skills but in all aspects of life.
Special recognition to all the volunteers and event hosts that enriched our space with diversity, creativity, and enthusiasm.
Thank you to the all the groups how have gathered in our space in any capacity, for the ways in which you mentored and coached your participants and lovingly cared for The House community. Thank you for your commitment and continual support.
The House would love to extend a huge THANK YOU to First Alliance Church. They are the reason we have been able to do all we did. Without this church, The House would have never been. We are so grateful to their generosity that allowed this amazing ministry to function for 13 years. Thank you for your vision and long standing support through the years.
The power of community lies in the individuals who act on their responsibility to care for and love each other; spaces which foster this community are crucial to the health and wellness of our city. We have had the privilege to be a part of this community and it is with great sadness that we announce the end of this initiative.
Although we have a very little time left, we want to celebrate these last days. We would love to see you before the closure to celebrate, share memories and say goodbye. Allow these remaining days to be filled with joy. Ultimately that’s why The House existed, to be a tangible expression of the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Allow that love and grace to set the tone for the time left.
To whatever extend we can, we want to help keep connections alive, The House Coffee Sanctuary Facebook page will be released as the “Friends of The House” page on Monday December 1 2014. It is there that you all may continue to network and keep in the loop. In addition this webpage has been reformatted into a Story Board. We want to hear your stories.
Write out how The House has inspired or impacted you in any way and post it here.
It is here that you can share the memories and celebrate the greater narrative of The House Coffee Sanctuary.
Thank you and God Bless