Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 16, 2014
Island Community Café has new coordinator
Muffin Bray, the new Community Café Coordinator at the Island Community Center in Stonington, stands behind Catherine Larrabee, left, and Faye Faulkingham.
by Jessica Brophy
Muffin Bray is no stranger to being in charge.
“I used to own a retail business, so I’m used to giving orders,” she said with a smile. Bray is the new coordinator for the Community Café.
The Café is held every Wednesday at the Island Community Center in Stonington and is part of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Nutrition Program, which serves noontime meals to persons 60 and older.
Bray has been volunteering every other week for more than a year, she said. When former coordinator Lisa Whittemore stepped down, Bray decided she would take the reigns. Bray is semi-retired, and still does some caregiving work.
Bray said the Café is a great place. “I like how friendly and sociable everyone is,” she said. In between talking about her reasons for taking the position, she answers questions and directs volunteers who are laying out a meal of Swedish meatballs with noodles for the dozen present for lunch. “Next week is meatloaf,” she continued. Every month, a birthday celebration is held to celebrate the birthdays of anyone whose birthday falls within the month.
“We try to have something interesting,” said Bray. Sometimes performers play music or have other entertainment.
“People love to come and have a hot meal and socialize,” said Bray. She said if transportation is an issue, people should ask and “we can try to work something out.”
The meals do have a small fee, but the Café takes EBT cards and there are gift coupons available if friends or family members want to pay ahead.
To attend, sign up no later than Tuesday by noon by calling 367-2735. Volunteers are also in need to help with weekly lunches.