Continue the Vision


The vision of Cups Cafe is: Serving Hope one cup at a time. The hope we serve is Jesus, and we serve him through our work and to our guests because we are His hands and feet.

Cups is launching a capital campaign to raise the money needed to continue the vision and expand our outreach. It is our desire to:

  • Hire an employee to help manage the ever increasing workload
  • Renovate the remaining unfinished spaces in our basement
  • Open more cafe’s in our county

To achieve this vision, we need to payoff our building. Cups is seeking 330 partners who can give a one time contribution of $500. This would be a special gift in addition to your regular giving.

If you can’t give $500, consider taking on the 5 Friend Challenge. This challenge requires you to gather 4 of your friends, and the 5 of you together each donate $100.

Will you help us accomplish our vision by being one of the 330 or taking on the 5 Friend Challenge?

Make Checks Payable: Cups Cafe

Mail to: Cups Cafe PO Box 83 Medina OH 44256

Or online donations can be made at our website…click the DONATE button.

2017 Summer Update


This small town community cafe is made possible because of your prayers and financial support. I need to thank all the volunteers for giving time, and our donors for the financial generosity they show whether it’s a gift to help the homeless or just a family who gives a monthly $10 donation. Thank you!

And, I need to thank those business, civic groups, non-profit clubs, schools, restaurants, churches, and individuals who donate food and supplies to fill our pantry so we can freely feed the hungry teens and adults in Medina. Our efforts to serve the community and provide a safe, fun place for youth continues. Please know that everyday lives are being fed and encouraged and hope is being proclaimed.


Cups started a scholarship fund through the Medina City Schools Foundation. Our community service scholarship recognizes a student who volunteered their time with a non-profit organization and learned something about their community and themselves in the process. Our 2017 recipient is Annemarie Guta. We are accepting donations for this fund. If you’d like to give money to help a student go to college, make a check payable to Cups Cafe and write “Scholarship Fund” in the memo. thanks for your consideration.

Homeless Help

Cups was blessed with a few financial donations designated to help individuals and families facing homelessness this past winter. We spent $3,200 on 17 separate cases. It was a blessing to be able to help out these 38 people (including families with children) in their time of need. If you’d like to be part of helping the homeless, please consider sending in a financial donation for this cause. Earmark your gift “Homeless Help” and we will deposit it into our Mercy checking account for next winter.

Summer Hours

Mon-Fri: 11am-3pm

Sat: 11am-1pm


Holiday Breakfasts

Cups Cafe is hosting 2 FREE holiday breakfasts this year. On Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24, 2016 from 9am-11am and on Christmas Eve December 24, 2016 from 9am-11am.

No age restrictions. There is no cost to eat. Please RSVP by calling 330-241-5990, leave a message. A short survey is required to be filled out for the Christmas Breakfast. The survey will be your ticket to receive the free meal. Christmas Breakfast hosted by Medina Christian Homeschool Friends. Thanksgiving Breakfast hosted by Cups Cafe.

Here is a .pdf flier to print. Please help us spread the word. Thanks!

Click >>holiday-breakfast-2016

Volunteer Spot

Volunteer Spot

Cups is now using Volunteer Spot to fill shifts at the cafe. It’s a secure, well structured system to help non-profits like ours do a better job of organizing volunteers. You don’t need a username & password; only an e-mail address & personal invite from me to access the schedule. There is even an App for iPhone in the App Store (cost is $1.99)!

Things to Note

  • Patience: Change takes time. Learning something new takes time. So please be patient and gracious with one another through the process.
  • Overlap: We are transitioning from signing up for shifts on a paper calendar at Cups to signing up online. There will be overlaps, double bookings (not everyone has an e-mail address). Again, we’re asking for your patience & understanding.
  • Alternate: Please do not sign up for every shift you want for the next few months. There are 40 volunteers serving at Cups. (This is a BLESSING, praise God!) It’s my desire to give everyone opportunities to serve Jesus. So maybe choose a shift or two every other week (alternate) only a month at a time.
  • Convenience: The benefit of online signups is that you can check your shifts, & any unfilled shifts, from the comfort of your home computer, smartphone or tablet. You can even use the computer at Cups to signup. So, again, there’s no need to grab every spot available today. Let’s work together to give everyone an opportunity to sign up and serve.
  • Comments: Volunteer Spot has some social media attributes. You can post a comment in the comment box to communicate with the team if you’re gonna be late for a shift or have to leave early, or if you’re bringing food. I think you’ll find it useful!
  • Notifications: You will receive e-mail reminders a day or two before your shift in case you forget when you signed up. You can also choose to import shifts directly into Google calendar, Outlook Calendar or iPhone calendar.
  • Can’t make it for a shift? No problem. Just go online from wherever you are and remove your name from that shift! Or, choose to Swap a shift with another volunteer.
  • Start Date: You can sign up today but the online shift calendar begins August 1. The last week of July is still on paper at Cups Cafe.
  • Questions? Totally Confused? See Tim! I’ll gladly show you how to maneuver these new waters 🙂

How to Sign Up at Volunteer Spot

  1. Click the invite link in your e-mail inbox (or click the Volunteer Spot button to your right on this website)
  2. Enter your e-mail address twice, then click Next or Enter
  3. Find the Date & Shift you want & click Sign Up button
  4. Enter a phone number where we can reach you, deselect boxes if you don’t want spam & click Save & Close

How to find the Shifts you’ve Signed Up for

  1. Choose to import them into your calendar & simply check that calendar
  2. Visit
    1. Click Find My Sign-Up
    2. Enter your e-mail address & click submit
    3. You’ll get an e-mail with a link, click the Volunteer Shifts link in your e-mail inbox
    4. Voila! Now you can view shifts & sign up for more shifts

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Plan on attending our inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday August 2 from 4:30-6pm at the pavilion at Jump Park on the corner of N. Harmony St. & E. Homestead St. I’m cooking for you! Promise to keep it short. Simply a time to eat, fellowship together as a team, and receive recognition & love for your hard work this year. RSVP at Cups in the volunteer office so I can prepare enough food.

Summer Hours

Summer Hours will end August 19th. That is the first day of school for Medina City Schools. We will go back to 3, two hour shifts: 10-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm. You’ll see this adjustment online at Volunteer Spot.

Depending on Jesus,



This is a list of revolving needs at Cups Cafe. Please call us for immediate needs as this list changes depending on the season of the year, number of guests served on a particular day, and whether someone just donated items. Cups is a 501 (c)3 organization. Thanks for giving!


  • Monthly donors for the cafe
  • Hamburger Meat
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonaise
  • Whipped Cream
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Popping Oil
  • Decaf coffee
  • Regular Coffee
  • Cookies, Brownies
  • White & Wheat Bread
  • Kool-Aid
  • Tea
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Homemade Soups
  • Chicken Salad sandwich spread, Tuna Fish sandwich spread, & Egg Salad sandwich spread
  • 13 Gallon Trash bags
  • Sugar
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins
  • Dish Soap
  • Non-Perishable Canned Goods (tuna, soup, etc.)
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Milk
  • Feminine Products for our Women’s Restrooms
  • Cleaning Supplies (glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, floor cleaner etc.)

Remembering All The Vegetarians

“What’s Memorial Day?” the little girl asks while swallowing a spoonful of frosted flakes.

How the conversation between Darlene (a volunteer) and the student led to discussing Memorial Day, I’ll never know.

“It’s a day when we remember everyone who lost their lives in all the wars,” says Darlene. “You know, all those veter…”

The small boy sitting at the bar interrupts Darlene. With great confidence and index finger pointing to the sky he shouts, “ALL THOSE VEGETARIANS!”

Darlene looks at me.

“Yes,” I say to the boy. “All those military vegetarians, who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

We both nearly choked on our laughter. Ah, the words that come from the minds and mouths of young children. I wish I had time to share in writing all the fun and interesting and meaningful conversations that occur at Cups Cafe. Thank you for your prayers and monthly financial support and donations of supplies. Please…never forget our mission here in Medina.

The cafe truly is a place where the youth of Medina can feel safe, enjoy a free meal, and express their thoughts and emotions. I know I speak for all the volunteers when I say that it is a great privilege to serve the young people of Medina, and to have the opportunity to demonstrate compassion and charity in the name of Jesus Christ.

In all actuality, living this way is God’s will for all who believe. If you feel lost, uncertain of God’s will, confused about your purpose in life, please stop it. Seriously, in Christian love, knock it off. Scripture clearly states His will for you and for me.

One thing He wants us to do, as His dearly loved and chosen people is, “…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12, NIV).

Sounds like an interesting outfit? One you can’t find in a department store. I challenge you to put on those clothes today. It’ll help you begin to remember our Lord and His great sacrifice.

Vision & Purpose

Serving Hope – one cup at a time.

Cups Cafe is a connecting place where guests (12-25yrs. old) can expect to find coffee, comfort, conversation…and so much more.

Cups Cafe will operate as a free non-profit community café to connect the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of young people (ages 12-25) and their families with free resources, connect them to Jesus Christ and connect them to His Church.