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Susan Sypesteyn tells the story of how their restaurants – Cookhouse, Bud’s Rotisserie and NOLA – reach their neighbors.
San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and we've been very fortunate in this location to be a part of that growth. However, San Antonio has one of the highest poverty rates in the country and contrasted against the rapid growth, a disparity is created that we can’t stand by to watch without taking action. District 1, which encompasses Tobin Hill – where our restaurants are located – has seen a huge growth in development. And with growth comes rising costs. So, my husband Pieter and I started ThirdCoast Charities to help facilitate change through action and build relationships between the businesses and residents who live and operate in our district. Our District 1 office fields many requests from residents such as utility assistance or roof repair that cannot be fulfilled. The city of San Antonio is very gracious and offers programs to help assist residents in need, but their funding only goes so far. In the midst of rising costs when a neighbor has to decide between paying a light bill and putting food on the table, Third Coast Charities can step in where our district office can’t. We have successfully operated our businesses in the district. And as we drive out of the neighborhood to to our own homes, it’s hard to know that our neighbors aren’t experiencing the same success. We don’t want to come between someone’s light bill and their next meal. We can’t solve the inevitability of gentrification in our rapidly growing urban areas, but we can help slow down the burden our neighbors experience through our benevolent mission. Through community events we’re able to start a dialogue with our neighbors, meet them face-to-face and let them know that we are not just invested in our businesses but in them.
“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.”
– Titus 2:7
Our next community event is El Mardi Gras at Paper Tiger on Sunday, February 17 from 1-7 p.m. It will kick off our efforts in 2019 to celebrate community and fundraise support for our mission. Fully 80 percent of funds received from El Mardi Gras will go to supply the requests that our District 1 office receives but can’t fulfill. This event is open to the public and will feature live zydeco, food from local restaurants, art, and a kid’s area. For more information, please visit our website at www.elmardigras.org.
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