continued In addition to financial donations, the café is looking for any kind of help community members can offer.
“Giving comes in many ways,’’ Clausen said. “[People] can share their time and talents, or share this campaign with their friends.”
The Indiegogo campaign relies on donations from the community, a feature important to the Café @ 407 in particular because it’s become such an integral part of the community as well as the nonprofit it serves.
“It's been so significant for Ophelia's Place,” Clausen said. “It truly has become a place of acceptance as it somehow seems to validate the struggle simply by its existence. All are welcomed, and the community as a whole has embraced not only Ophelia's Place and those we serve but the beautiful diversity in us all. It has become a gathering place, so whether you come alone or with a group there is a place here for you.”
That’s why the expansion is necessary — so that it can better serve the community that has made it a home.
“This will allow us to build a solid infrastructure that will support our growth and provide the much-needed revenue for Ophelia’s Place,” Clausen said. “Our goal is to become fully sustainable, without having to rely on grants and the ever-changing economy, and the success of Café @ 407 is helping to accomplish this.”
The expansion is also personally important to Clausen, who founded Ophelia’s Place in 2003 after watching her daughters struggle with eating disorders without resources to help. The center’s goal is to help redefine a standard of beauty that isn’t set by thinness or unhealthy images in the media.
“I believe wholeheartedly in the power of community,” Clausen said, “and this community has shown me time and time again that we are never alone and Ophelia's Place continues to exist because of them. That's beauty.”
To donate, visit indiegogo.com/projects/cafe-at-407-expansion/x/3876035.