Mike & Sherry Project

Mike & Sherry Project

From Jaime Telfeyan

The Mike and Sherry Project is an inspired pilot program that is raising money to benefit individuals in the hospitality industry in Austin! The proceeds will be going directly to those who work in the industry!

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The Mike & Sherry Project

Who: Sam Hellman-Mass of Suerte, Mike Shefman and Sherry Greenberg, Jerry Webberman of Jackson Walker LLP,  Valerie Granoff, and Jaime Telfeyan and Doc Davis of Capital Area Counseling.

What: The Mike & Sherry Project works with Capital Area Counseling, a psychotherapy center providing affordable, accessible, high-quality mental health services to all Central Texans, to assist individuals working in the Austin restaurant industry. The Project is looking to involve interested parties from the Austin restaurant and hospitality industry to provide care to those who take care of us every day.

When: This project was started in March 2019.

Where: Austin, TX

Why: Throughout his years as a restaurateur, Suerte owner, Sam Hellman-Mass, has become increasingly aware of the need for mental health support in the restaurant community. By recognizing this void in support, Hellman-Mass began to process an idea. For those that work in the Austin restaurant industry, it is safe to say that they have probably come across foodies Mike Shefman and Sherry Greenberg. Mike and Sherry are staples in the local food scene and have become an integral and invested part of the restaurant community and the people that make it the amazing experience it is. With their spirit and devotion in mind, Hellman-Mass and others have decided to begin the preliminary work on creating the Mike and Sherry Project, with the intent to fund mental health services by Capital Area Counseling specifically for people in the restaurant industry here in Austin.

What’s Next: We are inviting people in the community to come together to see if collectively we can make a bigger impact and forge a path for mental health counseling that is easily accessible and affordable for our colleagues across the community. In addition, we want to explore having awareness for mental health and how we can support each other in removing the stigma and guiding people to the help they need. The issue is something almost everyone in our community has dealt with in some way, whether personally or with a colleague. Austin is a place where our community continues to grow and if we can pull together to help one another in a meaningful way and rally others to do so as well, we can make a difference and set an example for other cities to emulate.

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