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HOpe Centre cafe brings more than coffee to North Shore

1/14/2015
The new Blenz Cafe located in the HOpe Centre is preparing for its official opening next week and will be celebrating the occasion with a variety of treats for customers.

What is different about this Blenz?

The Blenz Cafe will be serving more than a great cup of coffee, it’ll be an example of the HOpe Centre’s vision for recovery-oriented practice in action, providing meaningful employment to people recovering their mental health. The coffee shop is a social enterprise, which means its goal is larger than turning a profit, it includes a focus on fulfilling a social mission.
The result is great coffee, served by great people, some of whom will be clients of the VCH Adult Mental Health & Addiction Program. The idea for the social enterprise originally came from the North Shore Mental Health & Addictions Family Advisory Committee, which took the lead on developing the café concept. This initiative is a partnership between VCH and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Opening day schedule

The official opening day events will occur on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 7 am – 4 pm and include:
  • 7 – 9 am   Coffee sampling
  • 10 am – noon   Hot chocolate sampling
  • noon – 1:30 pm   VCH staff buy one and get one free when you bring a colleague
  • 1:30 – 2 pm   Official cake and ribbon cutting
  • 2 – 4 pm  Tea sampling
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