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 name is Diana Rose. Rose is my maiden name. I promised my dad I’d keep our family name. My grandparents moved down here in the 20s 30s. My dad was in the service. My mother, my sisters and I have always lived in Hillsborough County – never outside. I’ve seen this town grow from 2 lanes to 8 lanes on a lot of the streets. Tampa is a big little city. The people here are friendly and pretty diverse. You have Spanish, Italian, Chinese, etc. and I like that.
A friend of mine who volunteered at Nebraska told me about Trinity Cafe when this Busch Blvd. location opened. Since I lived close, I figured I’d give it a try. I came the second week they opened and I’ve been a repeat volunteer since. Volunteering is such a gratifying experience. Sometimes when I get ready to come, I feel laziness come over me and I get the urge to sit and finish reading a book or work on a craft but the minute I arrive at Trinity Cafe and see Byron and everyone here, I’m glad I got out of the house. I’m grateful to be able to do this. Sometimes by the end of the day my mouth hurts from smiling so much.
I’m sign myself up to be the scraper. I like it because it makes the time go by so fast plus scraping is a job nobody else really likes. The guests and the volunteers here are like family. If they’re not around, you miss them – you wonder where they are and how they’re doing.
I often go donate blood when I leave the cafe. It’s a way of giving back to my community that doesn’t cost me anything but the most precious type of blood, O+. I go every 8 weeks and have done it since I was 18 years old.
I consider myself an optimistic person, everyday is a new day. You don’t know what it’ll hold. Some days may be sad and other days may be so great, you find yourself doing a happy dance out of excitement. Every morning I wake up and prepare myself for a new adventure. It may be doing nothing but sitting at home reading because I’m retired now. Even that is an adventure.
I enjoy doing all kinds of different crafts. I used to do it back in the 70s then work and taking care of elderly parents took over. I finally got back into it again and it’s something I really love to do. One thing I do is design aprons. Aprons represent so much love to me. My grandmother and my mother always had an apron when they were in the kitchen making great meals. The aprons mean LOVE and the warm meals are a way to share that love. I really think about the quotes I put on aprons. A quote I love is “be the rainbow in somebody’s cloud”. If somebody is having a bad day and sees something like that, it may spark something positive without you realizing it. Everything I make is a piece of my heart. That’s why I don’t sell my stuff. I give it away. Some people really want to pay and I tell them to pay it forward and do something nice for somebody else.
I also love to cook. I have a huge cookbook collection. My husband calls it an addiction. I don’t typically follow recipes strictly but they give me ideas. My husband’s mother is in her 90s. He has a disabled brother who lives with her. We take care of them. I cook and freeze stuff up for my husband to take over. We keep their freezer stocked.
My husband and I are part of the Scottish Terrier rescue. We’re bad foster parents because every time we foster a dog, we end up keeping it. We started off with 2 – that turned to 3 then 4, and now we’re down to 2 again. I always said God put me in charge of the 4 legged. I never had children but I’ve always had rescue animals.
As you get older the big things become little things. When you’re younger it’s easy to get caught up in problems that are tiny in the grand scheme of things. Stay calm. Take life as a gift because there’s no tomorrow that’s guaranteed. Don’t worry about what happened yesterday. You can’t change it, so why worry about it? Enjoy the people you’re around. Live in the moment and look forward to tomorrow.