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A community center located in the Tierra Vida community.

The Collegium Cafe’s purpose is to function as a “third place” where strangers visit for many different reasons, whether for a meal, a visit with friends over coffee, fries and soda or a special event. Here people can casually meet, get to know each other over time, while developing safe social networks and a deeper sense of community within a Cafe setting, where people feel like they are at home.

Why is community important?

Today there is a social and spiritual disconnection going on in our country. We experience loneliness and disruption in our communal life. It is our goal to offer a safe space where individuals from our surrounding communities might connect with one another, in this place, and experience over time something of Robert Greenleaf’s test for servant leaders: “are people growing, becoming healthier, wiser, freer, more able to take care of themselves, more likely to serve others? And what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Are they at least not being further deprived because of our service?”

We believe that at the heart of every life-giving program is a group of servant leaders working to further the common good-to nurture rebinding what hat been broken. We believe that each community has the people within it with gifts and the calling to meet the needs of that community, and if empowered, those emerging leaders can solve many of the world’s most difficult problems.

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We Operate With Two Main Programs.

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Evening Program

Our Evening Program is intended to benefit everyone with an open mind and wishes to spend time meaningfully in a safe, informal social setting between 3-8pm weekdays.

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Work Readiness Program

One of our Work Readiness Program main goals is to provide job opportunities in food service and hospitality, while of course serving up freshly prepared foods and drinks.

We offer several different products and services to people in the Tri-Cities area.

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Food & Drinks

Check out our diverse menu of food and drinks. Stop by or take a look online to see availability and prices.

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Room Rentals

For your business meeting, a birthday party, baby shower, or any other event.

Community Stories and News.

THE GIFT OF GIVING

1/31/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA There were many instances in my life when I have seen people making small contributions towards a noble cause. I wondered how these small contributions could really make much of a dent compared to the need.  I failed to look at the bigger picture. Gradually I started to realize that the…

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CELEBRATING EACH OTHER

1/25/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA Living in a fast-paced world that has witnessed an unprecedented influx of digitalization, we hardly seem to have time to sit back, appreciate and realize how much we need and cherish one another. As an antidote to that, one of our practices at the Collegium is to celebrate each person’s birthday.…

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IT FEELS WONDERFUL

1/18/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA I was in my office doing my work this Wednesday on what appeared to be a normal day, when Carlos Torres came in. He is 14 years old studying in Grade 7. He made himself comfortable in my office and greeted me with a nice smile on his face. I asked him…

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I AM GRATEFUL

1/11/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA Cecilia Stetson’s has had a long-cherished association with the Center for Sharing. She was raised with her three siblings at the Vista Hermosa community in Prescott, WA. Her parents worked at Broetje Orchards. She endured a turbulent childhood having witnessed her father physically abusing her mother. She was only 3 years old…

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IT WAS THE WALKING GROUP THIS TIME

By ABRAHAM REGUNTA   Last week we had a large group of people visiting us at the Collegium Café. A closer look revealed that this group belonged to the Fun, Fit and Over Fifty Club. In a short time both small and large groups from this club have visited us. I welcomed them all and shortly…

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TWO BEST FRIENDS

12/14/2018 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA It was a normal morning at the Collegium. Rachel came rushing into my office and asked me to take a picture of two little boys who visit the Collegium Café almost every day. I took my camera and sat close to where the boys were sitting. I started to observe them and…

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The Carroms Tournament

12/07/2018 By Abraham Regunta It was another dark, rainy evening in Pasco. Inside the Collegium Café however we had lots of activity. It was noisy, and the kids were excited and in high spirits. This time the excitement was due to the Carroms Tournament. Carroms is a cue sport-based table top game which is extremely…

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Coffee With A Cop

The evening program is not just about games and children. It’s a place that gives each and every one a chance to express themselves. It could just a regular day or a special event day like the Coffee with the Cops, or Karaoke Night or a career defining acquaintance, or just a casual meeting over…

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Helping A Friend In Need

Christian and Jennifer(Jenny) come to the Collegium almost every day that it’s open. These two have lived in the Tierra Vida community since it was first built. One afternoon as Christian was struggling to do his math homework, Jenny, without hesitation stepped in to help. When asked why she was so quick to help, she…

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Chess Tournament

On August 23rd the Evening Program held its first Chess Tournament. 8 children were taught from scratch how to play the game. While these games are fun they also are also contributing to their development as they get the opportunity to think, reason, and strategize their next moves. Quite often there are instances where a child…

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