Matt’s Cafe

Three Special Thank yous

By Matt's Cafe, Stories

On one of our first days serving a takeaway in August 2020, three chaps came over who are homeless and have been staying in B&B’s throughout lockdown with no luck of getting permanent accommodation. The first thing they said to us was “Thank you”.  In their own words they could not have survived without us during this period – the daily meals were a lifesaver for them. They described their experience of living in a single room with just a toilet and shower, that you can’t cook or store food, so everything is more expensive and generally difficult to manage. They were incredibly grateful to the Swansea Together network and that they could still get a food parcel daily even now in takeaway form. Three people and three thanks yous made our day! 

Bang tidy!

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On the 23rd September one of the guests was asked if everything was ok and how they were doing. It was a run of the mill question…but their response was brilliant and well worth quoting:

“Yes, I’m full up and that was tidy. Bang tidy! I’m so full now. Thanks!”

Moving on…

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Back in February (2017) when it all started at Matt’s Café a Guy in his late 40’s messaged us. It was through a friend and on Facebook that this Swansea lad got in touch with us and thought “I’d like to get involved with that”. This guy before Matts Café had struggled with addiction but recovered well. However the same as many he struggled with isolation and a lack of community around him until he joined the Matts Café Gang. After a month of Mondays he became part of the furniture at Matthew’s house and stayed absolutely core for over 3 months until an opportunity came up. Now from September 2017 this guy is running his own butchers having gained value, confidence and purpose through Matt’s café he is fully set for round 2 of what the world has for him and is still linked in with all the beautiful works of Matthew’s House.

A Humble Thanks

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On a very busy Tuesday (We get many) at Matt’s café, one of our awesome team members was surprised when they stumbled upon a small envelope on the reception desk. When sharing this with the kitchen manager they opened the envelope that was unaddressed together. The Kitchen manager pulled out of the envelope a card, a Thank you card and opened it … Inside read this:

“To Matt’s Café,

Thanks for the good food

16th May

From a hungry person”

How humbling it was for our super servers to be blessed with such gratitude – The power of a costless thanks is more than most can believe.

Hope Through Art Exhibition

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Just to update and encourage you all  Ellie Phillips⁩ (Matthew’s House Volunteer) has been a super helper and independently run a competition with local schools to fill our exhibition wall!

We had a few schools enter and three  followed through with some fabulous artwork and lots of it!

The competition was to express Hope through art!

The winners will be unveiled on Sunday 26 November at 6pm at Matt’s Cafe and will be staying up for the whole of December with 2nd place covering January! (The work is Awesome!)

How cool is this?

Thanks Ellie you’ve been a star even with two Jobs she’s had withdrawals from Matthew’s House and is a keen volunteer in an free moment she has! You’re all welcome and Feel free to pop along to the unveiling 😉❤

A Lovely Gas Man

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This month we had a little crisis! Our oven was very poorly. This is used almost daily by our incredible awesome creative cafe team to make the best and beautiful meals for Matt’s Cafe guests. We rung around and eventually came across Eric Collier and Son. They came and nursed our ‘machine’ for nearly 2 hours back to life. During this time our volunteers told them what we do and why… As they walked away we expected them to give us an invoice, but we received this instead: “Don’t worry about the cost, it’s my gift to you. Sounds like a great work you are doing here and fixing that was my good deed for the day

A Haven in a Crisis

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A lady came in on Tuesday the 27th of June and had some food. Whilst chatting to a volunteer she expressed her thanks and gratitude because of a situation that had recently occurred.

Basically she was in the street in the morning and she was robbed. Her purse, cards, bags and other bits. She spent the morning trying to sort things and then remembered hearing about Matt’s Cafe.

A little bit drunk she came in had food and was so thankful there was a Matt’s Cafe in Swansea that was willing to help a person out in a tricky situation. She was thankful to being fed and comforted in a nice place whilst a crisis was in play.