The Hope Café is having its grand opening this week at the LaGrange Christian Fellowship across from the courthouse in LaGrange.
The café, sponsored by Reason 4 Hope and Mission Café, will be offering soup and sandwiches along with drinks and coffee, as well as a place to relax and, when needed, talk with someone.
“We want people to know that there are others in the community that care about you,” said co-founder Jamelle Godlewski.
Godlewski, along with Holly Nater, has been working to open the café and received a grant from the LaGrange County REMC Operation Round Up. Additional support for the café is being supplied by the Hometown Restaurant, The Gathering Place Restaurant in LaGrange and Howe, and Foltz’s Bakery.
“The grant allowed us to invest in marketing and to be here weekly starting this Thursday,” Godlewski said. The café will be open this Thursday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 6-10 p.m. Starting next week, normal hours will be Thursdays only from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“On Thursdays, we’ll have soup and sandwiches by donation,” Godlewski noted. The café is looking to be self-supporting based on the generosity of area businesses and the donations for the food and drinks.
The café will also feature local entertainment with acoustic music and others.
“We’re very grateful to the church here. They’ve been very supportive,” Godlewski said. “It’s a service. A ministry. Groups can gather here, maybe for Bible study.” Godlewski added that the location is great for what they want to do, as most people won’t have to travel too far to stop in.
The doors will be open for anyone who needs a little warmth through food or fellowship. “Anyone can stop in for food or just to talk,” Godlewski said. “We can also help locate area services or resources. We want to provide a nice place for people.”
The family-friendly café hopes to grow and offer more things, perhaps expanding into weekend hours at some point.
“There are people in LaGrange that want to make a difference. They want to do stuff. They don’t want to give up, but want to continue to make a difference,” Godlewski said.
With the Hope Café, Godlewski, Nater and the LaGrange Christian Fellowship plan to do what they can to make a difference for anyone who stops in.