You Are Not Alone - MATES Cafe NZ
MATES Cafe is a network of everyday people of all cultures and ethnicity (including teens, elders and lgbt+) who are trained to meet with a person in crisis or isolation at a local cafe, and provide emotional support and encouragement.
MATES Cafe will empower your life so you can in turn empower the lives of others in need.
MATES are here:
To help people of all ages, gender, culture, ethnicity and personal beliefs through the challenges and tough times of life including relationship breakdown, depression, anxiety, loss and grief, bullying, loneliness and isolation. MATES are trained to be there for someone in need and helping them through a point of crisis in their life. It's not about therapy, fixing or giving advice, just simply listening and helping them to find new direction in their life.
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill
“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” - Mother Teresa
“The only gift I have to give, is the ability to receive. If giving is a gift, and it surely is, then my gift to you is to allow you to give to me.” - Jarod Kintz
“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.” - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“I know what I have given you... I do not know what you have received.” - Antonio Porchia
“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” - Mother Teresa
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
“Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.” - Gautama Buddha
“You have what I can afford to give. You are a panhandler, begging for anything, and I am the man walking briskly by, tossing a quarter or so into your paper cup. I can afford to give you this. This does not break me.” - Dave Eggers
“Generosity is not giving me that which I need that you do, but it is giving me that which you need more that I do.” - Kahlil Gibran
“One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.” - George Eliot
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” - Kahlil Gibran
“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” - Steve Maraboli
_“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” - Ben Carson
“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” - Chief Seattle
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” - Kahlil Gibran
“For it is in giving that we receive.” - St. Francis of Assisi
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” - Mary Anne Radmacher
“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.” - Steve Maraboli
“Gracious acceptance is an art - an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.... Accepting another person's gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.” - Alexander McCall Smith
“It's bad enough in life to do without something YOU want; but confound it, what gets my goat is not being able to give somebody something you want THEM to have.” - Truman Capote
"Giving yourself some loving attention is not selfish. It is sensible. If you feel loved and cherished--even if it is only by yourself--then you will have more love to give to others, too." - Penelope Quest
MATES are focused on their own personal growth so that they may develop a greater capacity to contribute... this is what we see as authentic living. Please contact us to find out more...
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