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Ophelia's Place in Liverpool introduces Caf (c) at 407

Clausen said the caf (c) will also be another entrance for community members to use if they feel more comfortable walking into a coffee house for support rather than the main area of the organization.

"People can enter at their own pace," Clausen said of people who are coming around to accepting help. "They can go to the resource center or just talk to someone at the caf (c)."

Because the community is the main line of support for Ophelia's Place, she said they want to give back to the community by welcoming everyone and providing a comfortable environment.

{Q}"Supporting us doesn't mean writing a large check," Clausen said. "It can be buying a cup of coffee."{Q}

Clausen said community groups are also welcome to sign up and use a room in the caf (c) for gatherings.

"The support from the community has been fantastic," Clausen said. "We already have regulars."

Clausen said the community's immediate response to the caf (c)'s opening has only helped reinstate the organization's mission of "redefining beauty and health," as the members of Ophelia's Place have goals to share support with others.

There are already book clubs that have formed during the caf (c)'s soft opening. Community members can also utilize free wireless Internet and a fireplace while they visit the caf (c).

The caf (c) offers an array of soups, paninis, salads, baked treats and of course, coffee.

The community is invited to the grand opening of Caf (c) at 407 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 5. Regular caf (c) hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The caf (c) will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information about Ophelia's Place and Caf (c) at 407, visit opheliasplace.org or call 451-5544.

About Ophelia's Place

Ophelia's Place is a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals, families, and communities to redefine beauty and health through initiatives that increase self-esteem, improve body image and introduce alternatives to dangerous desires for perfection; and to providing outreach, advocacy and educational services to those impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.

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