What's Working: Ransom Cafe Expands

What's Working: Ransom Cafe Expands

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It's not unusual to see Matt Armbruster sitting down chatting with a complete stranger in Prichard, at one of his Ransom Cafe locations. Armbruster works back in the kitchen preparing lunch, but makes a point to chat with the people who come in, needing a hot meal. He says, "We have met a few people who were homeless when we met them, and now they are not. If it was just for them, it would be worth it."

Armbruster and his wife, Tara, started the Ransom Cafe, three years ago. They look for areas where there are homeless people, or working poor. Recently they expanded to five locations, including Prichard, at St. John's Apostolic Cathedral Church. You will also find them one to two days a week in three locations in Mobile, and in Theodore. Matt and Tara, say it was a leap of faith for them to both quit their jobs, to start their Ransom Cafe Ministry. "Our goal is to, when we leave earth, to leave something here that meant something to other people, and not leave a bunch of things. We want to leave more of a legacy for other people."

The Ransom Cafe may just be serving lunch, but no doubt, customers are walking away with a whole lot more than just a full stomach. The Ransom Cafe appreciates any donations from the community. They are always looking for volunteers, food, and monetary donations. To learn how you can help them, go to their website, http://www.ransomcafe.com .

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