Can You Help Us Furnish the New Café?

POSTED: October 16, 2017 under Blog Fundraising Renovation

Everyone is excited about coming back to the new Café and the time is getting closer! Creating a beautiful, welcoming space is a passion held by many of us in the larger Recovery Café Network. Too often people have come expect that programs like ours will be housed in dingy places and furnished with used and worn donations.

Recovery Café San Jose’s message of radical hospitality means we go to the trouble to create something beautiful that says we want you to have something like this! Our friends Steve and Desta Krong, architect and designer, have donated their services to us for years out of dedication to create beauty for our members. Our vision is to furnish RCSJ with robust, creative furniture.

To do this we need to raise $60,000 to furnish the Cafe. We are seeking gifts $1,000 to $5,000+ to make this goal by mid November. Thanks to the following individuals and organizations we are halfway there:

  • HomeAid of Northern California – a major gift of $20,000
  • Philip and Crystal Yuan Foundation
  • Tom and Linda Waldrop
  • Gregg Zigler and Michael Flanagin

If you would like to help, or have friends or know a company who may be interested in learning more we can meet with them or take them on a tour of the emerging Café. If you would like more information or to make a gift contact Dana Bainbridge at Online donations can be made at

Gifts given toward the campaign will provide for the following commercial grade furnishings (we have already chosen these furnishings):

  • Café tables and chairs
  • Communal tables and chairs
  • Bar stools for countertop dining
  • Library area furnishings and ottomans
  • Chairs for computer stations and office space
  • Tables and equipment for classrooms

There are so many partners who have joined us to make the new Café possible:

  • A grant from HEDCO Foundation has allowed us to purchase quality appliances and outfit a full espresso bar.
  • A grant from the Heffernan Foundation made it possible to switch from disposables to real dishes and flatware.

We’ll be eating together in the Café and drinking excellent coffee in a way that communicates the radical hospitality that says “you matter!” Then we’ll have to get to our Recovery Circles and School for Recovery classes, where the work of building healing community continues.