Sarah, Jacobs mum told me “I hope that this gives you a clearer picture of what we are all about and what makes our coffee shop so special.
What has been so amazing about it all is that others believe in my son and want to see his dream come true as much as we do. We have been paid forward by so many to help us make this dream a reality. Simply amazing beyond words!!!!!”
My mission as a mother is to keep the smile upon my son Jacob’s face; Since the moment he came out of his coma surviving a severe brain infection, 2 major hemorrhages, 2 bouts in ITU and 4 life threatening brain surgeries which left him with extensive brain damage and consequently disabled just a little over 4 years ago; I made a promise to myself that I would do whatever it takes to do that no matter what!!!
Once discharged from hospital my family’s trauma was far from over. When I asked the doctors what do we do now, I was told to bring my son along for his appointments and to take him to his countless therapy sessions. It didn’t sit quite right with me. There had to be more ….. the road to recovery is long and hard. Scars run deep and are not so easy to heal, especially the scars that cannot be seen!! I remember thinking to myself that surely there were other families out there that had “Survived” as we had; families that were left feeling as lost and alone in their struggles as we were??!!
I asked Jacob “How can we find them?”
“Facebook mum. It’s simple!!”
And so SURVIVORS MALTA was born. We reached out telling our story. Others followed. Thousands to be precise. We found strength in each other. Motivation. Inspiration. And who better to give it than from those who have walked in your shoes. Fast forward 4 years later and Survivors Malta has now become an NGO initiating and instigating projects to help boost the morale of families facing trauma. The next step forward is to move that support from the virtual world into the real world …..
WHY A COFFEE SHOP?
It all started with a dream. My son’s dream in fact. Jacob had changed so much since the trauma. From a shy introvert awkward teenage boy he had become this extrovert sociable young man who thrived on meeting new people wherever we went. Choosing to opt for a business course at MCAST rather than IT he expressed his desire to one day open his own coffee shop. For this lively positive lad life behind a desk wasn’t an option, but why a coffee shop you may ask?! Well at the time, besides meeting with families at the hospital in the waiting area at ITU; on the wards and throughout rehabilitation at Karin Grech Hospital; we were also meeting fellow Survivors for coffees at various Café’s all over the Island. We were to discover along our journey that Survivors meeting Survivors is simply the best medicine ever! Jacob joked that we had met so many Survivors over a coffee that we might as well open a coffee shop!! Well this got me thinking. What if I were to fulfil my son’s coffee shop dream whilst at the same time provide a place to go where Survivors can meet?! Jacob’s Brew is to be that place!
Have you ever been in a situation when saying THANK YOU to someone for their act of kindness didn’t quite seems enough? It is just a word after all and actions do speak louder than words!! To explain PAY IT FORWARD in a nutshell it is when you repay a kind deed done to you by doing a kind deed to somebody else in return. At Jacob’s Brew we will adopt this concept. It will be a coffee shop open to all, but with a difference. By simply choosing to be a customer at Jacob’s Brew you will automatically be paying it forward to families facing hardship in two ways :
- When you pay your bill (no extra charges) we will stamp your receipt with our PAY IT FORWARD You will have the opportunity to pass this receipt on to a family that you feel may need support. When they come to our coffee shop and give us the stamped receipt we will offer them a free pot of coffee or tea
- At the end of the financial year my family will donate a percentage of the profits from sales at Jacob’s Brew to the NGO Survivors Malta to fund existing projects and future initiatives. Projects such as THE REUNITED PET CABIN (a project that will make possible pet visitation and pet therapy at Mater Dei Hospital) and JACOB’S COFFEE RUN (a project that we will be launching at the opening of Jacob’s Brew whereby we will be delivering free trays of sandwiches and coffee to the families in the waiting area at ITU every Sunday morning) So ultimately by helping us make our business a success we will be able to continue to pay it forward to other Survivor families!!
An added bonus is that we have designated a room at the back of the shop; a meeting hub where Survivors may meet for one on one support and group meetings/get togethers. We will also be supporting other NGO’s who will be welcome to hold coffee mornings at Jacob’s Brew and use the meeting hub at the back for free to hold their meetings!