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Pig + Fig Café Hosts Fundraiser For Self Help, Inc.

on August 28, 2017 - 2:40pm

Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Crucet, left, and Self Help Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

 

By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos

The Pig + Fig Café will present a fundraising dinner to benefit Self Help, Inc. at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Each of the six courses will feature farm to table dishes paired with an  array of Rhone varietal wines from Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Crucet’s private collection.

Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased on their Eventbrite Page by clicking here.

Crucet will donate 100 percent of the profits from the dinner to Self Help. The local non-profit offers assistance to meet peoples’ basic needs. They will help a family pay for groceries, pay a utility bill, prevent an eviction for a family with young children, and provide emergency lodging for homeless people.

“I first heard about Self Help when I was working at another restaurant,” Crucet said. “They helped one of my co-workers get into an apartment.”

At the time, Crucet’s co-worker made $12 an hour as a line cook. He was earning too much to get any help from the state, and yet there was no way he would be able to afford the deposit to get into an apartment. Self Help, Inc. paid the deposit so he could have a place to live.

Now that Crucet owns her own restaurant, she is giving back to the organization that helps so many people. Crucet said she strongly believes that these services are especially important in Los Alamos.

“If you’re not an employee at the lab it’s hard to make ends meet here,” she said. “If you make $40,000 a year, you won’t be able to make rent. There is a struggling middle class here.”

What does that struggling middle class look like?

  • A new mom called Self Help when her husband left her. She didn’t know how she would manage with the new baby. “We help people move forward when they have disruptions in their lives,” Self Help Executive Director Ellen Morris-Bond said.
  • A single father didn’t have a car and had to transport his infant to daycare on the back of a bicycle every day so that he could work two separate restaurant jobs. Self Help provided him with a donated car, and paid for the tune up and the registration. They also bought a carton of diapers and other supplies.
  • Someone wants to start a small business and they need some seed funding to get it started. “We believe in helping people become self-reliant with small business grants and job training,” Morris-Bond said.
  • A newly divorced mom needed to start over. She has never been the breadwinner and now she needed to support herself and her children and find a place to live. Self Help provided practical guidance as she worked to reconfigure her life and emotional support as she dealt with her grief and stress.
  • People often get an unexpected winter bill from the utility company and it throws their finances into a tailspin.
  • A mom was about to complete her immigration when life got in the way. Self Help paid for her legal fees so that she could get her citizenship. This made it possible for her to sponsor her high school aged child to come from Mexico so they could be together.

“Self Help, Inc. is honored to collaborate on fund raising events with Chef Laura at Pig and Fig,” Morris-Bond said. “Our last event with Chef Laura sold out quickly and received wonderful kudos for the menu and service. We are grateful to have strong community partnerships with a successful small business - Pig and Fig!”

The fundraising dinner is at The Pig + Fig restaurant at 35 Rover Blvd. Suite G in White Rock. Order tickets here.

Self Help, Inc. has been providing emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as utility payments, housing costs, groceries and car repairs since 1969. The agency, a United Way Community Partner, also provides seed money to start small businesses/cottage industries in the endeavor to become self-reliant. The website is http://www.selfhelpla.org/.


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