October 10, 2013 in Washington Voices

YouthBuild Spokane repaints Meals on Wheels cafe

By The Spokesman-Review
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Daniel Red Thunder with YouthBuild Spokane paints a window frame at the Silver Cafe on Nevada Street on Oct. 3. This Silver Cafe is a stand-alone version of the 14 cafes operated by Meal on Wheels around the country.
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Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels’ Silver Cafe, located at 4803 N. Nevada St., has been repainted by a crew of volunteer Americorps students from Educational Service District 101.

The students all came from the group YouthBuild Spokane, a program that helps low-income youth between 18 and 29 years old who don’t have high school degrees or GEDs get job training in the construction field.

“We connected with them through Americorps,” said Pam Almeida, executive director of Meals on Wheels. “We tried for many months to get the building repainted and were really happy when YouthBuild stepped forward.”

The formerly gray building is now a bright yellow which, Almeida said, doesn’t blend in. “It will be easier for people to find it.”

Cory Fitch, the YouthBuild project director, said his crews were happy to help out and provided the labor free of charge.

Part of the paint was donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers and the rest was paid for by community donations.

Silver Cafe is open to anyone on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People 60 and older pay a recommended donation of $3.50 for lunch, if they can, and everyone else pays $6. Coffee and wireless Internet is provided for free.

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