MANASQUAN — The Kindness Cafe will be expanding its operations from one day a week to three, thanks to donations from several former members of the now-defunct Belmar Volunteer First Aid Squad.
Operating out of the Main Street Kitchen at 140 Main St. in Manasquan, the Kindness Cafe employs people with disabilities to help them gain real-world job experience. It opened one year ago, and for most of that year operated on Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m.
Now, as of the week of Sept. 11, they also operate on Sundays and Wednesdays at the same time. The Kindness Cafe was started and run by Manasquan High School teacher Chrissy Rice, who said that the cafe has not emphasized their new hours of operation until recently so that their employees could get used to it.
The donations, amounting to a total of $40,000 across all three former first aid squad members, help with expenses like rent, wages and other business expenses that come with running the cafe, especially now with their increased hours.
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