Evanston's 5th Ward is a historic landmark in the eyes of many, but unfortunately it is under served like never before. We need to put love, effort and sacrifice back into what people actually need in their every day lives.
The business--a marriage between necessity (clean clothes) and community-building (comfortable chairs, coffee)--would be a valuable addition to a ward that has no public school, no bank, and no grocery store, and to a city with just four laundromats--and those laundromats do NOT serve the 5th Ward.
The Laundry Cafe is a project of Florence Kid Inspired, LLC, which Tosha Wilson and Jacqueline White say they founded with the goal of making a difference in their own neighborhood.
We believe in creating an Evanston for everyone and we have an investment plan designed to promote equity through economic development.
Full disclosure: We have an option B that is very easy and workable as of today, but we'd be less than what we're made of if we walked away from our community.
This is hard and this is scary to want to take on something so grand, but we're fighters and we believe in our town and its people.
The gratitude already is beyond expectation. We love you Evanston because you've loved us! Let's build something great for the 5th Ward and we promise to pay you back with hard work and dedication.