Amidst the sounds of the wailing horns, and the lively aromas of Mediterranean food and fresh coffee, you could see the beginnings of how to make a community cafe. A dash of break-dancing here, a spread of community mapping there, and a whole line-up of resources for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Well over 120 people attended the afternoon event, which included not only youth participation, local music and pay-what-you-can meals, but an indoor foot care clinic, hosted by the UW School of Nursing.
February weather in Seattle can be anything it wants to be, and we saw no shortage of ambition in just a few hours on Sunday afternoon. We planned for the worst, draping tarps all around the outside of our horseshoe of tents to keep the wind and rain at bay. Just after the Give Back Brass Band closed their drizzly set with the New Orleans stand-by, "When The Saints Go Marching In", the fashionably late sunshine broke through the clouds, adding another degree of warmth to the already friendly event. And our fortunate timing held out, because just as we packed up the last of the tents, tables and tarps, the first wave of sleet and graupel began to fall. We couldn't have been happier with how everything came together!
A new addition to the Pop-Up Cafe, the UW Nursing Foot Care Clinic was a huge success, attracting more than 25 people throughout the event. If you are interested in reading more about Sunday's festivities, please visit our News page to see Leona Vaughn's article in The Daily, "A pop-up cafe to end youth homelessness". Stay updated here throughout the week as we post updates of videos and pictures from Sunday's event.
We are so grateful to all of the service providers and agencies who showed up to help make the Pop-Up Cafe a huge success: Youthcare, University District Street Medicine, NeighborCare, Country Doctor, Washington State University Veterinary School, Seattle Public Library, ORCA, and Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington.
The Doorway Project Team has already begun planning Pop-Up Cafe #3, which will take place on Sunday April 22 at U Heights, from 12-4. Interested in helping out? Contact us to learn more!
- Noah Weatherton