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