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For the last 30 years, Myers Park Presbyterian Church has been in partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission (CRM) as they seek to serve people impacted by addiction and equip them to thrive in the community. A few years ago, CRM began to dream about how to use the 5,550 square foot building they owned on West First Street. They wanted the space to be a place that could be beneficial to residents and graduates and a place where people of all backgrounds could come together. The result of that dreaming is the Community Matters Café.

The Community Matters Café will officially open for business on Tuesday, April 9th. In addition to full-service breakfast and lunch, the café will have a grab-and-go counter where customers can pick up coffee (roasted on site), light bites, and homemade pastries made by in-house pastry chef, Ashley Anna Tuttle. 

Located at 821 West First Street, right next door to the Mission, the café is housed in a 100-year old, renovated spindle factory. The surrounding neighborhood has embraced the project and is thrilled to see life breathed into the vacant building. Its beautiful, rustic interior has the same look and feel as other South End renovated spaces, with exposed brick walls, gleaming hardwood floors and even a separate private dining or conference room that can be closed off with sliding barn doors. Enjoy your coffee on the covered front porch area, which looks directly at the Panthers stadium and Charlotte skyline. 

The employees of the café are graduates of the CRM program and as part of their employment, they also participate in a four-month life skills program focused on topics such as financial responsibility and healthy ways to cope with conflict while managing their recovery. The program helps empowers students as they re-enter the working world. This café will delight customers of all ages in the Charlotte community, so please stop by! Reservations are also accepted and can be made at http://communitymatterscafe.com/reservations/casual/ or by calling 980-237-2147.

Written by Margaret Rixham, MPPC Ministry Team Leader for Charlotte Rescue Mission