Tricklebee Cafe

$35,069 of $42,222 goal

Raised by 246 people in 44 months
Christie Melby-Gibbons
on behalf of Christie Melby-Gibbons
 MILWAUKEE, WI
Tricklebee Café (Est. Nov. 2016) is in the Sherman Park community of Milwaukee (45th St. & North Ave.). We are a pay-what-you- can community cafe that offers healthy meals, food service training, and spiritual nourishment. We are situated in an area which provides little access to healthy, local, and affordable food options (a food desert).
    People of all backgrounds gather to enjoy delicious, nutritious, local food, regardless of their ability to pay. As a member of the One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) Network*, guests may make a donation for their meal (suggest cost per meal is $5.69-$6.46), or volunteer in exchange for their meal. Tricklebee Café is both a café and a chapel, allowing for continual feasting and sacred encounters with neighbors and the divine.
    We are a sustainable cafe, relying on the seasonal harvests of local farmers, beekeepers, and gardeners to compose our menu (which changes on a daily basis). We understand that God’s kin(g)dom is revealed when we give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty and welcome to the stranger (Jesus of Nazareth said that). At Tricklebee, we strive to promote joy and peace through feasting, frequent celebration, and communion with God and one another. In an age of post-church sentiments, we--who still consider ourselves church--hear: “The trick’ll be getting new church members.” We know, however, that the real trick’ll be freeing ourselves up to follow where God’s Spirit is already at work: in people’s hearts, around the table, and where love is genuine.
    Thanks in advance for your kind support.
Bless you.

*Tricklebee Café adheres to the 7 Core Values of an OWEE Network Cafe:
-Pay-what-you-can pricing--Each customer sets their own price for their meal. (We have suggested prices.)
-Patrons choose own portion size--We offer small, smalle, mindful portion sizes. This helps eliminate food waste, curb overeating and supports our customers in adhering to their personal budget.
-Healthy, seasonal foods--We're committed to providing local and organic where possible; sustainably grown and harvested.
-Patrons can volunteer in exchange for a meal--This provides a “hand up, not a hand out” opportunity. Properly trained volunteer can lead to future employment in the food service industry.
-Volunteers are used to the greatest extent possible--This is an important key to building community and sustainability. Volunteers can just be working for meals or because they want to support your efforts to curb hunger in our community.
-Paid staff earn a living wage--This varies by region, but we pay our staff $14.32/hr.
-Community Table--Have a couple larger tables where individuals and small groups can sit with others and make a larger group that can cross social, economic and other societal boundaries.

[Tricklebee Cafe is an approved emerging ministry of the Moravian Church Northern Province. The mission developer who oversees this ministry is Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons.]
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This Spring we will be partnering with some stellar students at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) to install a stage along the west side of our building. This is just one part of our Lawn Transformation Project, which will also entail the building of raised garden beds, benches, a bus shelter, and a rain catchment system. We are seeking some funding help for this project to buy the rest of our materials. Your donation will help us to promote goodness in our neighborhood through live music, summer markets, and outdoor games with kids. Thank you in advance for investing in the good work of Tricklebee!
Stage is built & awaiting installation.
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Thanks to you DELIGHTFUL human beings, we raised almost $8,000 for Tricklebee Cafe during our ThanksGIVING Campaign. What a gift! We also recently got news that we received a grant totaling $16,000 for 2018 & 2019! This means, we are in our final ascent to raise the last of our operating costs for 2018: ONLY $6,000 to go! Keep manifesting miracles. Feed all. It's one world, everybody eats.
Tricklebee Pals
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Hi, beauty-full people.
We are well into our ThanksGIVING campaign with just 12 days left. So far we have raised $1,197 toward the rest of our 2018 operating costs! Thanks for the generous donations that keep trickling in. As busy pollinators know, a little bit of sweetness here and there adds up to an abundant harvest. Your gifts keep us thriving. :)
12 days left of our giving campaign!
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On average, it costs about $6 to make each meal. Most of our customers pay something toward this cost, many pay the suggested cost, and some pay more. To sustain our cafe, we rely in part on the generosity of those who can "pay it forward" to supplement the costs of those who cannot afford to pay much or anything. Please consider supporting a hungry neighbor, by making a one-time donation of $6, $12, $18, or $24. Or consider a monthly gift. Thank you!
Neighbors sharing a meal at Tricklebee
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John Trotter
36 months ago
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How wonderful to see the impact you are having with this generous idea. I wish you all the best and, in the language of the season, hope this snowballs soon into an avalanche of blessings. Be of good cheer.

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Jesse Kozel
44 months ago
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Awesome ministry and mission! I am with you!

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Sandy Krause
44 months ago
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This is a fantastic endeavor! I just shared on facebook and am on board to help in every way I can.

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John Trotter
24 months ago

Hi Christie & Team, I just saw the Moravian Cafe mug. Could you use some of them ?

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Raised by 246 people in 44 months
Created April 13, 2015
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$100
Michael Klinker
22 hours ago

I believe in your mission and the need for nutritious food in our community.

RV
$76
Robert Volpe
7 days ago

Always willing to help out a good cause led by amazing people!

LO
$20
Laura A Olson
9 days ago

This is a way to intentionally create community around good food and fellowship. It honors those with less financial means to be able serve by volunteering.

$100
Julie Lucey
12 days ago

A member of my Lazarus at the Gate group from Trinity Church in Boston nominated Tricklebee Cafe and our group picked it as one of donation choices. I'm so thrilled to be able to help out this amazing group--keep being amazing, you're making a real difference!

$365
Anonymous
15 days ago
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20 days ago
$100
Ryan Newberry
21 days ago

A member of my Lazarus at the Gate group from Trinity Church in Boston nominated Tricklebee Cafe and our group picked it as one of donation choices!

KS
$50
Karen Siegel
3 months ago

Sorry I could not make you event. Wanted to support Caroline and this great venture.

John Trotter
36 months ago
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1

How wonderful to see the impact you are having with this generous idea. I wish you all the best and, in the language of the season, hope this snowballs soon into an avalanche of blessings. Be of good cheer.

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Jesse Kozel
44 months ago
1
1

Awesome ministry and mission! I am with you!

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Sandy Krause
44 months ago
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This is a fantastic endeavor! I just shared on facebook and am on board to help in every way I can.

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John Trotter
24 months ago

Hi Christie & Team, I just saw the Moravian Cafe mug. Could you use some of them ?

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