Valentine’s Day: A great day but let’s focus on love everyday!
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With a sideways glance at her husband Chuck, volunteer Susan Rine stated: “Valentine’s Day is a great day to focus on love, but it’s what happens the other 364 days of the year that matters.”
Chuck and Susan have been a fixture at Trinity Cafe 2 since we opened our doors in April 2016, coordinating and volunteering nearly every week.
Unlike some friends and couples that volunteer with us, Chuck and Susan rarely serve a table together, since Chef Alonso always requests her to be his assistant in our kitchen. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t attached at the hip, figuratively at least.
For several years after retiring from top-tier positions in the Pasco County School System, the Rines volunteered in a variety of capacities but none as consistently as at Trinity Cafe. They explained that they love coming to Trinity Cafe together and do most things side by side, “We’re both committed to helping people in any way we can. In this way, we come together, we have lunch together, we talk about the guests who were here and we pray for guests who were here. It’s just a big part of our lives.”
Chuck and Susan were love birds from the very start. They began to date back in 10th grade up until their senior year when they moved apart to attend different colleges in their home state of West Virginia. A year and a half later, Susan transferred to Marshall University to be with Chuck so he didn’t have to give up his football scholarship. They then got married the following summer at the ages of 19 and 20 and had their first baby while still in college. Having faced poverty and difficult times early on, the couple feels like it’s their turn to help others.
The compassion that each of them has to help others is among the first qualities that the couple described when I asked them to tell me something unique about one another. Chuck said that he could always rely on his wife to keep him on the straight and narrow with a gentle hand and without reminding him that she was doing so. Susan says that Chuck cares deeply about the plight of children and that he has a great way of interacting and engaging with people. She said that they are very open with each other and they don’t live parallel lives like some other people. Chuck summed up this sentiment best when he explained: “We’re best friends. I don’t think I can list anybody else like her. You have a wife for years and years and years, and you love them and everything, but I personally enjoy doing things with her. I don’t mind going shopping. She doesn’t mind going to football games. We have things that we do separately, but she is still my best friend”.
Next time you decide to volunteer at Trinity Cafe, considering visiting us at our Busch Boulevard location. Say hello to Susan and Chuck and tell them thank you for sharing their story of love not just this Valentine’s Day, but everyday.
Chad Radwan – VISTA Communications Specialist
All of us at Trinity Cafe would like to thank Chuck and Susan for their loyal support as volunteers, Provision Partners and encouraging their family and friends to join us as well!
We love you Rine Family! Thank you for being a part of ours!