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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.

A SEED OF HOPE

04/19/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA Antonio has been working with the Center for Sharing for many years. It is therefore not a surprise that he knows many people living in the Tierra Vida community. He has had some special memories in the past. One such unforgettable memory was something that he had experienced a few years…

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HOW I MISS THE COMMUNITY OF TIERRA VIDA

04/12/2019 By Abraham Regunta I remember having just moved into the Tierra Vida community two years ago when I happened to meet Estefany Alvarez. She was around 13 years old at the time. She was full of life and had a smile that instinctively seemed to revive your energies. I very fondly recall my first…

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TAKING THE INITIATIVE

04/05/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA It was a nice evening at the Collegium Café. I was playing the game of Carroms with a few kids, and shortly after I saw a man looking through the windows. One of the kids who recognized this person started to behave very strangely. He appeared to be hiding himself and…

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IT WAS TIME FOR CHESS AGAIN

03/29/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA In recent days Caesar Mendoza, a 10-year-old boy from the Tierra Vida community has made a lot of noise around the Tri-Cities with his amazing Chess skills. He is a product of the evening program here at the Center for Sharing where he first started playing chess in 2017. Today his…

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HOW REMARKABLE IS THIS?

03/22/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA It was a regular working day. I was in my office grappling with a possible idea for my blog. As I was deep in thought Cheryl Broetje came to me and pointed out a little girl at the Café counter and asked me if I knew her. I told her that…

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DISCIPLINING VS PUNISHING

3/15/2018 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA Though I have been working with children for thirteen years, it always seems to be a huge challenge working with children who display some behavioral concerns. However, the more I work and spend time with them the more I am convinced that disciplining a child is a better approach than resorting…

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TO SHARE IS NOURISHING

03/08/2019 By Abraham Regunta Oscar Del Cid is 12 years old studying in Grade 7. He has been a regular at the evening program for more than six months. He is by nature very calm, shy, a boy of very few words and someone conducts himself in a dignified manner. I taught him chess almost…

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IPAL ONLINE TUTORING AT THE COLLEGIUM

02/25/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA The IPAL online tutoring program is an initiative of the Pasco School District. It is intended to expand and reach out to students living within the district boundaries to take advantage of flexible learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of students and families. It gives the student an alternative to…

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THE AMAZING STORY OF CAESAR MENDOZA

2/18/2019 By ABRAHAM REGUNTA We are all born with unique gifts that God has so generously bestowed on us. It is quite mystifying that it can take years for some of us to realize and fulfill those gifts while for others is can happen over-night! It is not without a valid reason that I am…

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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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