Catering to a peripheral community

Gvanim Ba’café provides many shades of assistance.

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January 7, 2016 12:39
Gvanim Ba’café

Gvanim Ba’café, nestled in northern Ashkelon. (photo credit: ADI GILAD)

 
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The balloons, banners and other decorations were in place, spread throughout the immaculate dining area of the Gvanim Ba’café small catering hall and restaurant, nestled in a residential neighborhood of north Ashkelon. A party was taking place later that day for a local five-year-old whose family had rented the facility for the event.

While on the surface Gvanim (meaning “shades of color”) Ba’café might look like a typical coffee house or restaurant, it is anything but ordinary. That is because the 12 employees manning the facility – from the chefs, bakers and vegetable choppers working in the hall’s professional kitchen to those charged with setting up prior to an event or cleaning up afterwards – are all adults who live in the area and suffer or have suffered from various forms of mental illness.

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