Faces of Trinity Cafe – Meet Nina, our lovely Volunteer Manager
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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.
I heard about Trinity Cafe through my professor, Dr. Tim Kennedy, the photographer behind the ‘Faces of A Million Meals’ project.
I really enjoy making new friends and winning over the trust of others. That’s a very good feeling. I have a lot of keys to other people’s places.
I think that most people would be surprised to know how serious I am generally and how much I think about my future. I’m very bubbly but have some serious goals! I would like to be a CEO one day or president of an agency or organization.
I think my biggest struggle would be finding a balance of my health and social life. Sometimes I’m just go go go and then I crash and burn. I tend be a very unbalanced person in my social life. The problem is I either have the life of a grandma, going to bed at 9 p.m. and eating salad for 7 straight days or I never sleep and eat a lot of french fries.
I am really not sure what I am going to do when my lease is up in June. I can’t decide if I am going to move closer to Tampa or stay in downtown Saint Pete. I absolutely hate leases. It gives me some anxiety having to move all the time.
I dedicate my time mostly to talking on the phone and cooking. I love to talk on the phone; it doesn’t matter if its work related or personal. I have even had calls from Africa that was work related. Pretty cool. I cook a lot at home and like to entertain friends, nothing better that a cheese platter at home with some good people to talk to.
The most heartwarming thing I’ve ever seen is when one of our guests, who was homeless at the time, found a kitten behind the dumpster on Nebraska Ave. He was sobbing because he had no where to take the little three week old cat. It was heartbreaking. This big armed, tanned guest was so concerned over this little fluffer, even though he had nowhere to go himself. During that moment, I decided it would be best if I could take the cat home. I nursed it back to health and now he is 2 years old! If the guest had not found the cat that day, the kitten would of died. I am happy we worked together.
My most influential person would be my mom. She has always pushed me to be the best I can be and a great support system. As I’ve become older, I realized that not everybody has that.
I think I would benefit from some outside volunteer work. Sometimes it’s nice to be a chief, other times an Indian. By that I mean, I would enjoy being apart of a group and lead to do something as opposed to a leader. Both have their positives.
Where do you see yourself in the year 2027? In 10 years from now, I’ll be 34 (yikes). By this time, I hope to own a home somewhere on the west side of the United States and be helping run an organization that I have started myself for the greater good.