Spring Cafe’s International Holiday Market

You are invited to The Spring Cafe’s International Holiday Market and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration. This holiday season, find unique and meaningful gifts made by Denver’s refugee and immigrant artisan community. There will also be a live and silent auction, wine and beer available by donation, and aspiring refugee chefs offering global sampler plates.


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International Holiday Market

The Cause

This Thursday the Spring Cafe is hosting it’s first annual International Holiday Market. The mission of the Spring Cafe is to support immigrants and train refugees to work among us. Many people come to this country and work in factories because of language barriers. They work among other individuals who also don’t speak English which makes it almost impossible to learn.

Spring Cafe recognizes this and employs refugees for six week training courses. They learn about customer service in the US, get to practice their English and learn other job skills that add to their resumes. Spring Cafe gets these folks out of the factories and into the American workforce.

How Afro Triangle fits in

Some of you may not know this about me, but I am actually an immigrant. I was born in Barbados and was naturalized as a citizen in 1999. I came over with my mom and we had the help of my grandmother and aunts as we got used to living in the US.  The folks at the Spring Cafe were kind enough to include me in their holiday market. I get to join the ranks of those whose journey to this country was far more difficult than my own.

In addition to the market, there will be a live auction, a silent auction, and food and drinks available by donation. The proceeds will go toward helping the Spring Cafe continue their mission. I will be donating one of my paintings to the cause.

Dicitonary.com’s word of the year is xenophobia, the fear of the foreigner. Don’t let that be this year’s legacy. Come, participate, donate. Show our new friends that this country was built on inclusion. Come and support them as they learn how to contribute to our country and our economy.

I will be donating this piece to the auction at the Spring Cafe this Thursday. If you want it, come get it.
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Women of Color Breakfast

Good Afternoon all. It feels like I’m starting these posts later and later, but at least I’m still doing them. It’s been a busy day! I had to make a run to Micro Center to pick up some equipment for tonight. I needed a microphone and some speakers to amplify the voices of our performers this evening. Unfortunately, nothing I bought works. Ah well… c’est la vie.

The great part is that I began my day with Cafecito, a breakfast with women of color. They have one every Friday. The table is full of women who are all in the business of building up their communities in one way or another. It has been a great networking opportunity for me. I met a woman who works for a non-profit that brings professional dance and music to senior citizens. There is a woman who works with middle schoolers with a focus on bringing their reading abilities up to grade level. There are women who have participated in state politics for decades and who are using their influence for good.

I may have some projects on the horizon as a result of linking up with these women, so stay tuned.