I hope your holiday season is in full-happy swing and not too stressful. Since I love to be busy, I secretly like this hustle and bustle of the holidays. The more, the merrier! It’s fun!
I wanted to share with you all the goings-on at the Straight Up Café and Community Center. And there’s your first update! We’ve come up with a name. Straight Up! What do you think?
Just to keep you updated on the concept and how we see things working, here’s a brief overview of our vision! Straight Up will be a coffee shop that serves as a meeting place for the neighboring people, businesses, and community groups. We see this space as a safe place for the great diversity of people living here. Perhaps it will be to meet up with friends or to work on their laptops. But either way, they will have a comfortable resting spot to reenergize with a warm meal and a cup of Worcester’s best coffee.
The best part is the coffee shop will serve as just one of many tools for building in the lives of the inner city youth. By training and employing youth, we are able to better equip them for their futures. This is why all of the money that Straight Up generates will go right back into investing in these youth through a variety of after-school activities. These activities will take place in the same building and will give these youth not only a safe place to go, but also a loving environment in which to grow!
Right now we are working on the menu and the structure of the coffee shop. We are thinking through what kind of coffee, sandwiches and baked goods to serve… it’s so much fun and I’m very excited for the taste-testings coming up!!!
And to get this off of the ground and keep it running, I am asking for your help. I am asking you to come on board. I am asking you to decide that these kids in one of the roughest parts of Worcester are worth the investment. I am asking you to believe with us that this coffee shop and community center could really make an impact not only in these youth’s lives, but also in the whole city of Worcester.
If you can believe that as I believe that, then I hope you’ll partner with me. Because this is a non-profit operation, I have accepted this job without pay and will be raising my own salary. This is a common way to make a living in the non-profit world.
Whatever support you choose to give, whether through prayer, a listening ear or a financial contribution, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it’s prayer or a listening ear, I’d love to hear from you. And if it is financial, please contribute online at http://www.straightahead.org/index.cfm?Page=/donate_start.cfm – just specify Liz Kravitz when donating. (please know my church, The Woo, is supporting me financially which is a huge blessing! So if you are a part of The Woo – thank you!)
I know God is moving in this, and I know He will provide abundantly for my every need! He is so good and I’m so thankful to even have this opportunity.
I will continue to keep you posted on all the goings-on! We are hoping to open in March!