Yarmouth community café gets new manager
Jennifer King has been the manager of the Minster Mission Pathway Café & Resource Centre since early October, and she explains her passion for the café and for her role in it.
“Pathway is a Cafe and Resource Centre offering food, support and signposting for the vulnerable, lonely, displaced, and homeless within our community – That is why I enthusiastically accepting my new role as Pathway manager.
“I am keen to make a difference, passionate to help those in need and ambitiously optimistic about the contribution I can make to help Pathway thrive and move forwards. Pathway is exactly what I initially believed it to be. But, in my first few weeks there, I have come to the swift realisation that it is so much more than that.
“For the customers we serve, it’s somewhat of a lighthouse, a port in the storm, a light in the dark. For three days a week, we are able to provide them with a consistent, reliable haven in an otherwise uncertain world. Guiding them back to solid ground on the shore. I cannot underestimate the value of what I believe Pathway gives them, both tangible and intangible.
“For our volunteers, Pathway is a family to be proud to be a part of. The comradery, teamwork, dedication, and commitment that every volunteer at Pathway has, makes it a wonderful place for me to be. We offer them the opportunity to give to the community and make a visible difference to the town we live in.
“I have been overwhelmed by the generosity we receive in donations and support from a vast array of people, from a broad spectrum of sources. Pathway would not be able to provide the provisions we do without these and I continue to be humbled by the ongoing contributions we continuously receive.
“My predecessor, Barbara Rowe, created a legacy that I am very conscious and respectful of. As soon as I set foot in the Minister Mission, I felt the passion, love, and dedication that she had for Pathway. Every single person that I have spoken to in connection to Pathway has glowing highly complimentary endorsements of her hard work and accomplishments, so I am very aware that I have huge boots to fill.
“I am determined, dedicated and optimistic that I will be able to take Pathway forwards and continue to nurture the charity that she created. I hope my Christian values, selfless approach and positive attitude will be my keys to success.”
The café is currently remaining open for takeaway food only between 12pm and 1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
The Pathway Café and Resource Centre, The Minster Mission, Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth,
NR30 3DG. Contact number for further information: 07985 785738.
To see a video of Jennifer being interviewed by Anna Heydon from Imagine Norfolk Together, click here.
This story is based on an article from Great Yarmouth Parish Life and also on Network Yarmouth.
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