Here at Change Her Story we believe that every person matters. We believe that there is so much healing that happens for us when we are helping and serving others.
Love People Cafe is an outreach dedicated to feeding people. Not just feeding their belly, we are consistently committed to helping those in need find a way to rise from the current situation they are facing. We work diligently to equip them to move beyond the circumstance they are in.
Four years ago we began working with a local group that provided once a month meals to men, women and children living on the streets. As our involvement in this cause went on there was a need for some leadership and structure in order for this to continue. As always, we at Change Her Story were ready to answer that need, and so the “Love People Cafe” was born.
To this day, the Love People Cafe regularly feeds the homeless in Clearwater and creates a safe haven for those that have limited resources. We offer food, advice and resources to help those living on the streets reclaim their lives and get back on track.
A majority of the people we serve have fallen on hard times, and are unable to get back to work due to minor setbacks that they do not have the resources to meet. This year alone, through local partnership, we were able to meet a huge need for those men looking to get back to work: steel toed work boots. Many jobs that are available to this community require manual labor working in dangerous situations with heavy machinery. In these jobs, steel toe work boots are a requirement, and an expense that many struggle to meet. In 2019 alone we have already provided in excess of 150 pairs of boots, allowing these men to start to take back control of their circumstances. There is no greater joy than knowing we are able to make a small donation, and watch the recipient use that to elevate their lives to greater heights.
In addition to donating food and necessities, we also use our books to spread the love. In accordance with our zero waste policy, we take titles that do not fit into our current stock and share them with the homeless, not only providing them with a warm meal, but the opportunity for learning and growing.
We believe that to feel the love you need to first share yourself, and we make sure to love every individual we come across. We believe that with support and encouragement, we can make a difference.