RECONCILIATION SERVICES' DONATE-WHAT-YOU-CAN CAFE can be summed up by two words -- Food & Community. Thelma's Kitchen is a gathering place, where ALL ARE WELCOME!

Thelma's Kitchen builds on Reconciliation Services' 30 years as a trusted and caring community advocate. It stands as a safe and thriving community hub, embodying the RS mission to transform Troost from a dividing line to a gathering place, and offers an entirely new approach to providing affordable healthy food and promoting community engagement among our neighbors. 

Thelma's Kitchen will look and feel like a regular cafe, with notable exceptions:

  • Donate-what-you-can pricing
  • Guests may volunteer in exchange for a meal
  • Guests choose their own portion size
  • Healthy, local, seasonal food is served whenever available
  • Volunteers are used to the maximum extent possible to staff the cafe
  • A community table is offered
  • It is a non-profit
  • It is an outreach of RS and integrated into a continuum of care with embedded case managers referring to RS Social & Mental Health Services

Thelma's Kitchen is part of the national One World Everybody Eats collective of pay-what-you-can cafes. Learn more at:

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