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Coffee Morning is Back!

With just a cup of coffee and a few goodies, you can make a difference to youth living with complex care needs. The sixth annual Coffee Morning for Matthew’s House takes place this April 29 – May 3, 2019 raising funds for this important community resource.

Over the years, Coffee Morning has raised more than $50,000 and Alan Cavin, director of resource development for Matthew’s House, hopes that they’ll be able to meet their $20,000 goal this year.

“People have discovered how easy and how fun it is to host a Coffee Morning,” Cavin says. “It’s such an easy way to make a difference to families.”

Hosting a Coffee Morning is almost effortless: choose a day during the week of April 29-May 3 to host your event, invite people to join you for coffee and goodies and let them know that it’s a fundraiser for Matthew’s House. The event is so flexible that it can be adapted for businesses, offices, school groups or individual hosts. Alan and his team will provide you with a Coffee Morning Kit that includes everything you need to host your event. Your guests can make donations by cash or cheque at your Coffee Morning or make their donation online at mattshouse.ca/coffeemorning

Cavin is also grateful for the continued partnership with Starbucks. The popular coffee company offers free coffee to hosts who sign up before April 1stJess Hoang, wearing the green apron in the photo above, is the manager of the Starbucks at Mt. Lehman in Abbotsford. She has been with the company for over 8 years and has participated in Coffee Morning since its inception.

“The mission of Starbucks is to inspire and nurture the human spirit by being part of the community where we are,” Jess says.

“This time of year is my favourite because I get to work alongside some of the most inspiring people like Alan and the amazing team at Matthew’s House.” Jess, manager at Starbucks

Matthew’s House provides care for youth aged 16-24 who live with complex care needs. This home is funded through a blended partnership between government and private donors and a portion of this support comes from generous donors and events like Coffee Morning.

Mindy McCracken’s son Austin lives at Matthew’s House and she says that he has been thriving since he came to stay here. She saw improvements within weeks and she credits the staff for his success.

“The staff at Matthew’s House are absolutely amazing,” she says. “Each one of them is just incredible. They are so dedicated and committed to Austin’s improvement.”

Mindy and Austin greet parents at the Coffee Morning at Thomas Swift elementary school

Mindy has hosted a Coffee Morning at Thomas Swift Elementary for several years, working with PAC volunteers to make each event successful. Her family members also contribute and last year they raised $2400. Austin visits the event, which Mindy feels is important.

“Having Austin come out and participate in the Coffee Morning helps the children see who benefits from this fundraiser,” she says.

(photo above: Jess, the manager at the Mt. Lehman Starbucks in Abbotsford, shares a coffee with Alan, Evita, Rebecca, and Caleb – all who are staff with Communitas. – Matthew’s House photo, Angelika Dawson) 

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