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Update on Cup From Above June 2017

04 Jun 2017 | Adam

Cup From Above has been Resurrected!

After a short homeless hiatus Cup From Above v2.0 will continue to serve the finest coffee from 6am Monday, 5th June!

There’s been a few changes but the core of our mission is still the same.  We’ll be selling great coffee to make cash and use that cash to help people in need.  We’ll be training people up how to become great baristas and help them find work, we’ll be helping people in emergency crisis situations, and we’ll be journeying with some of the most disadvantaged members of our community for the long haul to see them flourishing.

The New Location is: 740 Ann St, Fortitude Valley.

We’d like to say a huge thankyou to Trent Meade and the team at Revelry Entertainment who own and run the popular Valley club called “The GPO”.  Named because it used to be the Post Office many years ago.  They have warmly welcomed us into their great venue placed in the heart of Fortitude Valley.

The word fortitude means “courage through adversity” so Fortitude Valley kinda means “courage through valley”.  Which seems to suit us well.  Unfortunately there is no parking at the new site.  For a detailed map showing exactly where we are and the best places to park in the Valley please visit the map on our website here.

Australia’s Addiction Pandemic

We took a short break from making coffee which gave us the opportunity to increase our efforts on our charitable objectives.

We now have 3x “Sevens” champion peer support groups helping some of the most disadvantaged members of our community.

Australia’s greatest social crisis right now is probably the pandemic of Crystal Meth addiction.  The answer is complex and we are focussing and refining our strategies around targeting the very core of this issue.

The effects of addiction are simply devastating but there is nothing more precious and beautiful than seeing someone crippled with addiction reconciled with their partners and children.  The text message saying thank you on their first day back at work.  Dropping them off at home after feeding them when they were living on the streets.  That’s why we do this.

THE YEAR AHEAD:

Our aim is still to raise $87,500 so that we can provide 60 hours per week of continuous support to see the most difficult members of our community and see them liberated from the vice of addiction and the horrific behaviour that comes with it.  We need a full time professional and a part time support worker to manage the “Sevens” peer support groups.  We’ve found this to be the most thorough, inexpensive, authentic strategy to see people restored.  We need your support to continue this vital work.  You can donate $30 per week which guarantees 1 hour paid work towards helping (currently sitting at 14.5 hours pledged).  It’s the end of the financial year so if you would like to make a one off donation towards this goal it would hugely appreciated.

Cut From Above

We’ve teamed up with Nat Carse from Village Church and Chris Rahilly from Northside Yard and Garden Maintenance to trial a lawn mowing program to champion some blokes in our community who need some work to get back on track.

The best way you can support this for now is by calling Chris on 0404 479 585 if you need any yard work done.

Membership

Thanks to all the original members who have recently purchased their annual renewal and we’d like to welcome on board all the new members.

It’s thanks to your consistent support that has enables us to help transform lives.

We currently have 301 members.  You can sign up in store from Monday or via the link here.

Charity HQ Search Continues…

We are continuing to search for a premises to officially base the charity out of in or near Aspley.  It could potentially be anywhere on the Northside of Brisbane but it seems right to stay here.  The charity house, formerly located behind the old cafe is still being used to store furniture for people in crisis, our administration work is being done from there.  More than that we have continued supporting people from the house every day.  In the last month we’ve had 3 men in various extreme crisis situations stay at the charity house.  This is a vital need we must find a long term solution for.

5th Birthday & Opening Celebration

It’s hard to believe that the 18th June 2017 will be our 5th Birthday.  We’ll be unexpectedly celebrating this one in our new venue which seems fitting to make this the official opening ceremony.  Details on facebook here.  This event is for members only.

Visit to Deception Bay High School

CEO Adam James & Chris Rahilly were honoured to speak with some of the great young men and women at Deception Bay High.  It’s so important to encourage, educate and motivate the vulnerable younger members of our community.


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