Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Repeat in My City

Unknown Mami

I was watching a repeat of "Extreme Makeover" yesterday (I watch TV when I procrastinate) and saw an episode of a few years ago about two makeovers in My City. I wrote a post about it in February of 2010, and felt compelled to re-post today. Ty Pennington is an amazing person, and the concept of the show is so powerful, it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. I'm pleased to bring you this post once again.

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I live in St. Louis, Missouri. Welcome to my City!

Not far from where I live, there is a small structure in the middle of a parking lot of a strip mall. This small, but powerful structure is a drive-through coffee, snack and lunch shop. Welcome to “More Than Coffee, Helping Challenged People One Cup at a Time.” With each cup of coffee, patrons receive printed scriptures that have been applied to the cup’s heat protector. This is one way the owner glorifies God. Please stop by the website here and say hello!

I was privileged to meet the owner of More Than Coffee, Sam Malek, and get a first hand look at the shop. Sam's kind demeanor and huge heart immediately drew me in. He is an extraordinary Christian man who lives by the ideals of paying it forward. After his overhead expenses are met, all of his proceeds are given to local charities. His volunteer employees are capable young men and women who are passionate about their work. Oh, and by the way, all of his employees have a physical or mental challenge. Sam trains his crew in many aspects of the business. They participate in food preparation, taking orders, working the cash register, and serving the public with a smile and genuine interest in their well being. These employees take this training with them when they move on to paying jobs as they join the workforce along with the rest of us.

Two years ago, More Than Coffee was visited by Ty and his crew from Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Prior to the visit, Sam’s establishment was very small and would not accommodate wheel chairs. It does now…and then some! Everything Sam needs to run his business is at his finger tips.

If you visit St. Louis, you simply must stop by for a cup of coffee. You will leave with a feeling of joy knowing that you just paid something forward. If you live in St. Louis… well…get a move on! Your patronage will be a blessing for so many of our local charities.

Thanks for stopping by my City!


Tara R. said...

I remember that episode! I love EMHE and typical shed a tear or two every time I watch. I hope Sam's coffee shop is still going strong.

Laurie Matherne said...

I love your post. My sister has lived with pain and difficulty with walking for all of her adult life. Whatever we can do to make life better for disabled folks is a good thing. Hurrah for Ty and Extreme Makeover. And the good work of this Christ follower offering a cuppa in the name of Christ.

AudreyO said...

Sounds like a really special place. Hope it's still going strong :)

Mrs4444 said...

That's awesome--As much as they give, you know they are getting back (as evidenced by the show, of course!) :)

Karen S. said...

Oh this is so cool and I will check this out if and when I get back to St. Louis! I once worked in downtown St. Louis and lived in Maryland Heights, Mo. and I have to check out the other blog too, thank you! Great post and what a fun and different approach he thought of!

Unknown Mami said...

I remember this post. Totally worth repeating.

Keetha Broyles said...

I love it when people help others help themselves.

Anonymous said...

I've watched a lot of the episodes but not this one, I'll have to go back and have a look for it. It is truly an amazing show and it restores my faith in the kindness of others :)

Jenny said...

I love that they made it wheelchair accessible!