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.
Meet Pennie.

I heard about Trinity Cafe years ago. I used to come here when I was homeless. Now I come to volunteer twice a week. I’m so grateful to be able to give back and help others.

I’m afraid that I’m one step away from being homeless at any time. I have to stay focused on seeking my goals and looking towards the future. I’m working on becoming a data entry clerk and getting my cosmetology license back.

I graduated from Wilfred Beauty Academy in 1984, passed the state board exam and worked at a beauty shop my mom opened while she was in school to get her BSN/RN. She went back to school after to become a lawyer. That motivated me to get myself together. I still have a long way to go.

I suffer from PTSD, bipolar disorder, and depression that stemmed from trauma I experienced in 1988. My ex-husband killed my fiance. I had a nervous breakdown and became addicted to alcohol. It took about 10 years for me to get right and be able to live on my own.

Through my faith in God, I found the discipline to change my situation. I’ve been clean and sober for 7 years now. Everyday is a struggle – not always a big struggle but everyday I keep the faith, remember what I’ve passed through and look forward to what I can do.

Cherish the moments you have and keep faith for the future.

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