The Memorial day weekend was full of BBQ, picnics and parties for most GrubHub employees and fans, but a few founding members of the newly-formed GrubHub Inspiration Team were able to make a small but rewarding difference at Chicago’s Inspiration Café. The Inspiration Café serves the Chicago homeless community with a variety of phenomenal services. Located in Uptown on the city’s north side, the café provides restaurant-style meals, case management, support groups, life-skills training, financial assistance and other services to homeless men and women in a therapeutic community that promotes dignity and respect.
Guests of the café have access to the full range of Inspiration Corporation’s programs, including employment training and career services, voice mail, and subsidized housing. Inspiration Cafe’s goal is to help men and women overcome the causes of their homelessness and find stability by securing income and affordable housing.
The café was founded in 1989 by Lisa Nigro – a Chicago police officer who began searching for a personal response to the homelessness she encountered in Uptown. She began by loading up a red wagon with sandwiches and coffee to distribute to homeless individuals on the streets.
Bringing people together
The GrubHub Inspiration team, consisting of members from both our Customer Service and Sales teams, planned, cooked, served and cleaned up after a gourmet meal of burgers, salads, baked beans, ice cream sundaes and cookies for around fifty clients of the Inspiration Café. All of the Inspiration Café’ clients are working to build a new and better life, and the GrubHub team was inspired by both the program and their time spent with its patrons.
The GrubHub team had an amazing time, ending the day with a side trip to O’Shaunessy’s Pub in Ravenswood for a quick debriefing session over a Summer Shandy. We hope this is the first of regular quarterly events organized through the GrubHub Inspiration Team. Thanks to Tim, Tracy, Ray ”Boom, Boom”, April, Michael O, Mike Evans and John D for getting this off the ground.
For more info on the Inspiration Café, click here.
And if you’re interested in joining the Grubhub Inspiration Team for our next event, contact email@example.com