Community Over Coffee

Community Over Coffee

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The official podcast of Community Matters Cafe, a ministry of Charlotte Rescue Mission.


Meet Jenny
Oct 21 • 5 min
Meet Jenny, our very talented Restaurant Manager! Jenny has 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry and was ready to leave and explore a different career path before she was offered a job here. “I felt like I really couldn’t say no because of…
Meet Zach
Oct 4 • 2 min
Listen to the latest Community Over Coffee podcast episode, where we sit down with Zach, a new student in our Life Skills Training Program. Zach started off in the Rebound men’s program at Charlotte Rescue Mission, an intensive 120-day substance abuse…
Meet Dennis
Sep 16 • 6 min
In the latest Community Over Coffee podcast, we talk to Dennis about what his time at the cafe has been like. He opens up about how Rebound and Community Matters Cafe has had a tremendous impact on his life, and how thankful he is for this program. He is…
Catch up with Angela
Aug 24 • 14 min
In our new podcast episode, catch up with Angela. Angela graduated from our Life Skills Training Program last month and recently came by the cafe to check in with everyone. “The support doesn’t go away,” she shares. “This cafe is here for me as long as I…
Meet Christina
Jul 31 • 6 min
In our latest podcast, meet Christina. Christina is currently halfway through our Life Skills Training Program and has fully embraced every second of her time with us - especially in the kitchen. “I want to be a pastry chef, so my absolute favorite part…
Hope - Harbinger of Metamorphosis
Jul 25 • 4 min
Meet Kevin, a rising sophomore at Davidson College who has been interning with us this summer. “Hope is the belief and the faith that there is a better future,” Kevin explains. “And this summer, I got to see, hear, and contribute first hand in the…
Meet Steve
Jun 28 • 4 min
Steve is a student (and soon to be graduate!) in our Life Skills Training Program who has really demonstrated a strong willingness to learn and better his life these past few months. “I’m looking for permanency,” he shares in our latest podcast episode.…
Open for Business
Jun 5 • 8 min
“That’s taking somebody who thought they would die in addiction or die alone in prison to a place where they’re thriving and not just surviving,” shares Ed Price, Director of Life Skills Operations. In this podcast episode, listen to Ed share stories of…
Meet Paula
May 16 • 5 min
Listen to Paula Elkins, our Cafe Manager, as she reflects on all of the successes and challenges our students are facing behind the Community Matters Cafe coffee shop counter.
Meet Lawrence
Apr 11 • 4 min
“The day before my three job interviews, I found out I was accepted into the program. I gave up trying to make the decision and just said, ‘God, what do you want me to do?’ and He said, ‘Spend more time with Me.’” Listen to Lawrence, Community Matters…
Meet Cindy
Mar 22 • 5 min
Cindy is a Dove’s Nest graduate and Community Matters Cafe student, working so hard to help get this venture started and learning so many skills and lessons along the way.
Good Soles Donation
Jan 30 • 8 min
Jeremy Coffey, founder of the non-profit organization Good Soles, personally handed out slip-resistant shoes to all of the students enrolled in the Community Matters Cafe Life Skills Training Program. Good Soles, along with help from Zachry Group…
Life Skills Training Program Open Discussion
Jan 21 • 4 min
In this episode of Community Over Coffee, we sat down with Community Matters Cafe executive staff including Rita Clyburn, Clinical Director of Student Services and Tony Marciano, CEO and President of Charlotte Rescue Mission. In this discussion, you’ll…
Meet Anthony
Jan 17 • 2 min
Eager to learn more about the students in our first cohort? Listen to this episode to get to know Anthony a little better!
The story behind Community Matters Cafe
Jan 8 • 18 min
Curious about how Charlotte Rescue Mission got the idea for Community Matters Cafe? Listen to the Mission’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kristin Kelly Blinson tell the whole story of the cafe and how a dream turned into a reality.
Imagine standing on stage in a cap and gown…
Dec 12, 2018 • 3 min
Hey listeners. In this episode, we sat down with a group of our students from Charlotte Rescue Mission - Rebound. We asked them to imagine standing on stage at graduation after completing our Life Skills Training Program and to describe all of the…
Week 1 Reflection
Nov 30, 2018 • 3 min
Hey everyone, Rachel here. I sat down with four of our cafe students yesterday coming from the Dove’s Nest women’s program and asked them to reflect on their first week of training and share some key takeaways.
Meet William
Nov 14, 2018 • 1 min
William is currently enrolled in the men’s recovery program at Rebound. He wants to share his story and how much he is looking forward to his future with the cafe.
The beginnings
Nov 12, 2018 • 5 min
This first episode is an interview with Tony Marciano, President and CEO of the Charlotte Rescue Mission takes us thru the origins of the Mission and the integration with Community Matters Cafe.