Faces of Trinity Cafe – Meet Johnny
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Trinity Cafe is an intentional community.
‘Faces of Trinity Cafe’ is a celebration of all that embodies that community.
Every person who walks through the doors at Trinity Cafe has a unique story of their own.
My mom, dad, the hood, my grandparents and my great aunt Viola Murray, were all huge influences on me. I grew up in Brandon, a street down from where I live now. Went to school right down the block. I love where I grew up. There’s no place better. People knew you, your siblings, your mom, your dad. That made for real life friendships. Everybody would be out playing, everybody cooking, it was a fiesta everyday.
Ninth and tenth grade, I studied hard so I could coast eleventh grade and play around senior year. I did a lot of that. School was the place to be!
Advice to my younger self would be to pay more attention. To everything. How people live, how the world is going. That’s about it.
Work takes most of my time. When I’m not there, I’m relaxing watching ESPN. I work in construction, full-time. It’s a decent job but if I could do anything I’d work a job where I could travel.
I was in the air force for 6 years. I taught the reserves. I went on a tour to Europe–Frankfurt, Germany. I’ve had lots of great moments but that was probably one of the best times of my life. I learned how to drive stick shift there.
I heard about Trinity Cafe from a housekeeper at the hotel across the street. She would go on her lunch break. I joined her a few times then started going on my own. Hunger is a real problem here. There’s gotta be a place where people struggling financially can get good food to eat.
The tongue is a double edged sword. It can start peace or start war.
If politicians really wanna decrease the crime rate, they should focus on making sure people have enough to meet their basic needs. The way our country is going right now is concerning with Trump mocking folks and things going the way they’re going. I hope it gets better. Being broke and hungry makes you think irrationally and do irrational things.
I don’t really have any fears because I know everything happens for a reason. If it doesn’t get better, it’ll get different. One way to make things better is to do what we say we’re gonna do.
People have power when they’re heard. Little people can start marches, put signs up, and raise awareness but there has to be action by people with bigger power.
The media is supposed to be our voice but it doesn’t serve the interest of normal people. There has to be some type of outlet for expression.
Waking up gives me the most joy. I get to see another day. You never know what a day will bring.
I wake up and ask for guidance as I go through my day.