“Open Hearts for Open Door Café”
We recently received a special $264.34 contribution to the Open Door Café from Jocelyn Chase who is a senior at Brookfield East High School. Jocelyn raised the money for this contribution by playing violin in the lobby of a movie theater as part of her National Honor Society project.
“I used to play violin in the Marcus Majestic movie theater lobby to make money before I could get a formal job. I always enjoyed it and loved the positive feedback I would get from the movie-goers, especially kids. For National Honor Society, seniors are asked to create their own service project to support the community. I thought what better way than to play violin at the movie theater again and this time donate the money to Open Door Café.
I chose Open Door Café because it has a special place in my heart and I’ve had multiple opportunities to volunteer there through school and church. Open Door Café cares deeply for its patrons and goes to great lengths to touch the lives of those in need.
I titled the project “Open Hearts for Open Door Café” because not only did I have an open heart, but so did the donors at the movie theater. I had a sign next to my music stand and vase that briefly said why I was there. At one point on the first of 2 nights being there, a woman and her son donated $150 combined. I was so touched by this and amazed with their generosity, thanking them over and over. I wanted to get their names but by the time I processed what had happened they disappeared and I never saw them again. I know I was really close with God that night and I’m amazed at how He can work within people like that.
I’m so thankful to everyone who donated to the project. It just goes to show how small individual efforts can be part of something big to help the community as a whole. You don’t have to have a ton of money to make a difference in the world around you – just a big heart and faith in God so He can guide you in the right direction.”
Jocelyn wants to continue on to college to pursue engineering. She is involved with organizations including National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Interact Club, and ran on the cross country team all 4 years of high school. Jocelyn was confirmed at St. Dominic Catholic Parish in Brookfield in April 2017. She really enjoys music and plays violin. She started violin in 4th grade and continued to play in orchestra all the way through her junior year, and still plays for fun to this day.
We are very grateful for Jocelyn’s inspiring efforts in supporting the Open Door Café and we wish her the very best in the future!