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

2016 Spring Update

A Testament of God’s Command to Serve One Another

by Paige Wicks

One day, I needed Cups. And then, Cups Cafe needed me. I feel blessed! I completely loved serving Jesus through Cups Cafe. This ministry is truly a testament of God’s command to serve one another (Galatians 5:13). I have seen so much love and thankfulness. Who could ask for more?

There have been so many experiences that have touched my heart these last few months. To recall one story in particular, is about a man and his little four year old girl. He filed and received emergency custody of his daughter. They stayed with friends for a few weeks and then were asked to move out. He went to Operation Homes to start the process of getting help to find a place to live and was sent to Cups for food and emergency shelter.

We were able to help them with a hotel room, food and even had the blessing of one of our volunteers becoming a caretaker of the little girl when the man got a job. Recently, they visited Cups and again thanked us for the help we were able to give them. Only by the grace of God!

I am really going to miss the cafe and all the people who are a part of Cups. I truly believe God has a plan for me, and Cups is only the beginning. I am moving to Wilmington N.C., my girls will both be going to college down there and we wanted to be close, so I am moving our home base. I hope to find a job that will allow me to serve others just as I did here.

Thank you for all your love and support. I love you all very much.

Back in the Saddle

by Tim Van Arsdale

I’m alive, praise God! It was a long 6-8 weeks recovering from open heart surgery to repair my bicuspid aortic valve. I feel well and am grateful to be on this side of the grave. A huge thank you and pat on the back goes out to Paige for her time and love and energy while I was away. She did a wonderful job managing the day to day activities at Cups. We’re going to miss her!

A lot has changed while I was away. There’s new equipment, more organization, new donors, new relationships with students after school, and new volunteers. I’m excited to see the progress and can’t wait to get to know all the new servants.

You should know, this winter Cups Cafe handled 38 cases of homelessness. Many of these situations were made up of individuals in need, some were couples and even families without a place to stay. We spent $6500 on hotel rooms for these folks from designated donations given to us by anonymous donors. What a blessing!

As we maneuver through these warmer spring and summer months, we’ll see an increase in hungry guests during the day and teens after school who are in need of hope and salvation found by faith in Jesus Christ. Please consider sending in a gift or partnering with us through a monthly contribution. Cups needs your financial support and prayers to operate. We appreciate your consideration.

Like Paige, I also feel blessed to be part of the Church in action through the cafe. Our volunteers and board of directors took the reigns and guided this horse so I could heal. This really is a special ministry, and so it is good to be back in the saddle. Stop in to see how I’m doing. I’d love to chat over coffee and show you all the cool things our God is doing at Cups Cafe!

Tupperware Fundraiser

Purchase Tupperware and support Cups Cafe. The fundraiser ends May 19th. Click here to make your purchase.


2015 Winter Update

What I’ll Miss by Tim Van Arsdale

The week after Thanksgiving was rough. I learned I have a bicuspid aortic valve, likely a birth defect gone undetected for 40 years. The fix? Open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve. We’ve temporarily hired Paige Wicks as Assistant Director. She’ll be in charge of organizing volunteers, receiving donations, answering questions, and managing the day to day operations while I’m away (4-8 weeks) healing, recovering, going through physical therapy.

My emotions are all over the place…anger, frustration, depression, denial, and a terrifying fear. I don’t want this, ugh. It’s time to be brave and trust the Lord. It’s time for me to extinguish the pride in my heart, practice humility, embrace the reality of this physical adventure, accept help, and empower others to serve and manage the cafe ministry. This is hard. The cafe is a big part of my life, and I’ll miss it.

I’m going to really miss being with the teens when they pile in after school tossing their book bags on the floor. I’m going to miss seeing those young faces everyday and the impromptu conversations like this one I had recently:

“How was school?”

“Good,” the boys reply. One kid tosses his overstuffed book bag on a chair while the other reaches to hang his coat.

“I’ve got some soup here if you’d like a cup,” I say.

“Mmmm,” says one boy.

“So, did you learn anything today?”

“We learned about different world religions.”

“Really? That’s pretty cool. Which ones did you study?” I ask.

“We talked about Christianity, Islam, and the Jewish faith.”

“Which religion did you find most interesting?”

“Islam,” he replies. “But I can’t wait to study Buddhism.”

“So, do Muslims believe in one god or many gods?”

“ONE!” the boys shout. Their eagerness to share touches my heart.

“And how many gods do you guys believe in?” (See how I snuck that one in there? Couldn’t resist.)

“One,” they say, again.

“Interesting,” I nod.

The conversation may have ended there, but it’s not over. Those students will return and I will be back again also, healthier and better than ever, a new heart valve, a new lease on life.

And…who knows?

Maybe the next time we meet, we can talk more about Christianity.

Thank you for supporting Cups Cafe. Personally, I covet your prayers as I face heart surgery. I also ask that you graciously welcome our newest cafe team members. Pray for them, support them, and contact them with any questions you may have as I will be unavailable. This is a time when we need all our volunteers to sign up for shifts, especially during the month of February.

We also need your generous financial support and prayers more than ever. We’re taking a HUGE financial step of faith by hiring a second employee. We really have no choice. I’ll be gone and every day the cafe is filled with reams of young people and families in need of food, comfort, conversation, and help. We’ve placed 6 homeless people in hotel rooms so far this winter from funds in our new Mercy account. The cafe is a busy place; a lighthouse for so many in Medina. Closing Cups is not an option. So please consider sending in a special donation to help us cover these unforeseen expenses. See the included pledge card and envelope.

I hope to have good news to share in our Spring Newsletter on how God is healing my heart and renewing my strength, so I can return to the work of meeting with teens, asking them about Jesus, and serving Hope – one cup at a time. What a crazy, good year. I can’t imagine, or even begin to guess, what God has for Cups in 2016.


Serving to Plant Seeds by Ron Pierce

Hello All:

We here at Cups Café have a wonderful group of volunteers where the experiences grow on a daily basis. We have a decorating crew that keeps up with all the Holiday’s and special functions. We have volunteers to serve guests, volunteers to clean, and sort incoming food donations, and manage schedules, and oversee bookkeeping. Although all volunteers are appreciated and very important, the heart of the matter is interactions behind the counter towards our clients who range from 12 years of age to 25 years old, and then some. Some of the clients are homeless, some just a step away. Some are older and lonely and just need someone to talk to.

My name is Ron Pierce. I have been involved with Cups Café for about 6 years now. I have had the humbling experience of serving behind the counter, to meet and greet people with introductions towards our Savior Jesus Christ. My name back then was known as “The Chili Dog Man,” so you can tell what I like to serve, as it attracted a pretty good crowd. Prayer and planting seeds to serve others was the goal.

Over the years, my service has changed a little. I have had the honor to step in behind the scenes to serve on the Board of Directors for Cups Café. Working with Tim, and our other board members, has been a huge blessing. I am going into my 4th year as a board member and now serve as Chairman of the Board. What an honor to serve the community, and The Lord Jesus Christ, along with everyone at Cups Café. We plan to move ahead with remodeling goals as well as expansion in the future. The main goal is still the same though, “PRAYER AND PLANTING SEEDS” to serve others and The Lord Jesus Christ. Consider joining our “TEAM” to make a difference in serving others, GOD’S BLESSINGS !!!

Chairman of Board at Cups Cafe,



Christmas Breakfast 2015 by Cherity Kremer

The Medina Christian Homeschooling Friends performed their 2nd annual Christmas Day breakfast at Cups Cafe. Praise the Lord that there were 55 people served as the Lord provided an abundance of food and Christmas gifts for the patrons on Christmas morning this year. Most importantly, we were able to serve them the Word of God.

Some important insight for ministry opportunities was revealed in a questionnaire that each adult was required to fill out to receive their meal. The questionnaire had several scripture verses and corresponding questions that clearly presented the Gospel.

Out of 33 surveys collected, only 10 of them answered all 6 of the questions correctly. Out of the remaining 23 surveys, 17 of them answered the following question wrong: Can we go to heaven by doing good works?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe

An overwhelming majority believe that one can go to heaven by doing good works. As I was reading over these survey responses, I was glad to have the information to know what people were thinking and how to witness better…but at the same time I was very saddened. It burdens my heart to know that we need to emphasize in our witnessing that good works will not get anyone to heaven, it is only by belief in Jesus Christ and what His death accomplished on the cross. It is only by the grace of God that we are able to do anything good at all (Galatians 2:16).

Meet Our Newest Team Members

Paige Wicks has been hired by Cups Cafe as Assistant Director. She first heard about Cups through church. One day, Paige and her daughters stopped in looking for a place to give back and immediately fell in love with this ministry. She’s been a volunteer for a little over a year now. Please welcome her to our team and keep Paige in your prayers.

“I’d have to say the thing I love the most about the cafe are the volunteers (God’s people)…I love them all…a lot. I find it interesting how you go through seasons in life where you need Cups as much as Cups needs you. It’s been true in my life. I needed this place, and now Cups needs me to help manage the day to day activities while Tim heals and recovers from his surgery. If you need anything, feel free to give me a call. I’m here to serve.” -Paige

I’m happy to announce Heather Rupp as Cups Cafe’s new treasurer. Heather, and her family, started volunteering at Cups over a year ago. Heather has recently agreed to use her gifts to serve Cups Cafe in this extremely important position. Heather has a finance degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and was a branch manager for Wells Fargo Financial before deciding to stay home to raise her children. Heather’s two daughters can be seen volunteering at the cafe alongside their grandparents, Ed & Lucy Herman. Please welcome Heather to our team and keep her in your prayers.


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.