Help Laura save Romo's Caffe

Help Laura save Romo's Caffe

From Allison Downs

We are raising money for Laura Hernandez, a long time member of the Oakland community, to save her family business. (full story below)

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over 4 years ago

It's Official! Say hello to our newest addition. This old chevy step up van runs like a dream and has already made an appearance at the Laney College flea market. This was an exciting purchase and your support made this possible. Thanks goes out to everyone for the donations, encouragement, and support to help us get back on our feet.

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Born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Mexico Laura Hernandez , was the youngest of eight and only 7 years old when her mother passed away. At the age of 12, she walked for three days along with her older sister across the border into the United States. She was leaving nothing and coming to nothing, other than a strong will, the passion to succeed, and the love of her siblings. Only five feet tall and soft natured, her warm spirit fills a room and rubs off on those around her. She is recognizably passionate in everything she does and enjoys the simplicity of making people happy. Laura is known by her family, friends, and coworkers as a kind hearted, selfless person. She has been living in Oakland for over 20 years, raising two teenage sons and working 6 days a week. Five days a week you can find her behind the counter at Farley’s East on Grand Avenue, and on Sundays she runs her own family business. For many years Laura had a dream and the determination to open her own café and serve her community. In 2010 she opened Romo’s Caffe, named in memory of her mother Esther Romo. It was with minimal resources and an intense drive that she started Romo’s Caffe with a few tables, borrowed press pots, and a resilient heart. Every Sunday at Laney College Flea Market Laura, her partner Allison, and her two sons Mario and Adan wake up at 3:00 am to set up their mobile coffee stand. Anyone who goes to the flea market knows where to get the best cup of coffee and the friendliest customer service. Romo’s Cafe had grown to serve over 250 customers every Sunday and became the most important stop for flea market goers and it’s success has given Laura and her family the hope of one day opening her own café. On Sunday, March 30, 2014 tragedy struck Romo’s Caffe. Laura and her family woke up to find that their trailer and all of the equipment they had worked so hard to accumulate over the years had been stolen from in front of their apartment in Downtown Oakland. Everything they had built, was gone in an instant with no hope of its return. At times like this it difficult to ask for help, but even the strongest people need the support of their community. In order to keep her space at the flea market and avoid further loss Laura needs to re-open Romo’s Caffe by April 27th. If she is not able to fulfill her contract she will lose her space and her business will no longer have a home. Laura needs to raise $10,000 to replace her trailer and equipment. Her immediate list of needs include mobile coffee brewers, generator, air pots/cambros, paper supplies, tables, pastry display cases, condiment table with associated utensils, 5 gallon water jugs, 4 food grade plastic containers, extension chords, and a pop up tent. Long term she will continue to rebuild her business and any donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. If we are able to support Laura through this process we will be uplifting a valued person in our community and turning this unfortunate occurrence into an empowering experience. In these circumstances it is important for us as a community to show our support for people like Laura and overpower the effect of crime in our city.

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Allison Downs posted a new update:
over 4 years ago

Making a comeback!

It's Official! Say hello to our newest addition. This old chevy step up van runs like a dream and has already made an appearance at the Laney College flea market. This was an exciting purchase and your support made this possible. Thanks goes out to everyone for the donations, encouragement, and support to help us get back on our feet.

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over 4 years ago
The logo on the side just happened to say "Thank you to our sponsors"

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Allison Downs posted a new update:
over 4 years ago

Romo's Caffe is back in business!

Great news for Romo's Caffe! After 6 weeks of being closed, yesterday was our grand reopening at the Laney College flea market. With everyones donations, we had enough equipment to get started. We also lowered our campaign goal to $6000 because the insurance company covered the loan balance of our trailer. We still have a long way to go but we are on track to build a better, stronger Romo's Caffe. Thank you for all the love, support, and encouragement. Please continue to share our cause and even stop by and see us next Sunday!

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