Mandala Café will be a pay-by-donation café, dedicated to providing food and fellowship — a place at the table for all folks, neighbors coming together to break bread and boundaries — sharing food, space and conversation.
Although its primary focus will be on displaced and at-risk persons, the café will be open to all. Rather than following the traditional “soup kitchen” model, the café will offer sit-down table service. In order to provide dignity and connection for the guests, it will also foster interaction between people of diverse backgrounds (young students mixing with elders, the dispossessed mingling with neighborhood professionals).
In Phase I, the Café will provide a weekly free meal (donations accepted) for people in the Morningside Heights/W, Harlem neighborhood.
The ultimate goal is for Mandala Café to have its own space for a full restaurant.
How it will work:
An application is in process for Mandala Café to become a Not-For-Profit (501.c.3) organization. The Wind Beneath My Wings Foundation will serve as the Mandala Café's fiscal agent.