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Welcome Café plans holiday breakfast

Published: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Unitarian Universalist Church will host a breakfast for the community from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church located at 158 N. Fourth St. DeKalb. Breakfast will be provided on a free-will donation basis.

The Welcome Café is a new nonprofit endeavor dedicated to providing food with dignity. This prepared breakfast is full of heart, warmth and sincerity. The cold winter days are slowly approaching so community members are invited come into the warmth of the church and enjoy a breakfast made by the Welcome Café & Community Kitchen volunteers. Live music will be provided by local musicians.

Welcome Café & Community Kitchen also offers a helping hand for the unemployed and under-employed. This month’s seminar offers those in attendance a chance to work with the Illinois Work Net Center. Saturday’s seminar will provide information on filling out job applications, general equivalency degree, English as a second language, and coursework available at Kishwaukee College. Computers also will be available for job searches and resume work.

This will be the second breakfast provided by Welcome Café. The first was on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in May. The Welcome Café also is working toward establishing a community incubator kitchen, which would would provide area residents, food growers and entrepreneurs a licensed commercial kitchen incubator in DeKalb where they can process and package their crops and value-added products while receiving business supportive services.  

“There is a real need for a community commercial kitchen in DeKalb County for many small start-up businesses who would benefit from such a kitchen, such as caterers, personal chefs, bakers, cake decorators and producers of specialty food items such as salsa and candies,” Terri Mann-Lamb, a local caterer and an adjunct in the Northern Illinois University Nutrition Department, said in a news release.

This community event is a joint effort with students from NIU who will provide a helping hand. Organizations such as the NIU Chapter of Bread for the World, Alpha Phi Omega and the Student Health Organization will come together to contribute to the meal and day.

For more information, call Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950.

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