VIEWPOINT| SPIN Cafe helping to make Whidbey a better place

Rogers Decker

Fall has always been a time of renewal for me; perhaps it’s because I work in a school district. As a result, it is natural for me to find myself reflecting on how far we have come with SPIN Cafe.

Five years ago, I and a few other compassionate hearts set out on a venture to provide a place for people to do their laundry, eat a healthy meal and get vocational training in the food service industry. I had no idea then that SPIN would become a drop-in center, an intake point for emergency shelter and a resource program for people struggling with profound needs. It really is amazing what caring people can accomplish with the belief that they can make a difference.

Growing rapidly in a short span of time would not have been possible without the financial and physical support of many donors and volunteers. We are grateful for the generosity and support of many loving community members, civic groups, businesses and faith-based organizations that want to make Whidbey Island a better place for all of its citizens.

It is for this reason that we hold our Celebrating Service fundraising event in November each year. This event is an excellent opportunity for us to express our heartfelt gratitude and generate much needed financial support for our programs.

Please consider joining us Friday, Nov. 10, as we recognize those who serve, while you’re served a delicious meal generously provided by Serendipity Catering and Events.

Tickets are available online at, or from SPIN at 360-682-5949 or

You can also get tickets from any of our board members or from the following:

Branch Business Services, 7 S Main St. Ste B, Coupeville 360-678-7543

bayleaf, 101 NW Coveland St., Coupeville 360-678-6603

Collage, 861 SE Pioneer Way Ste 2, Oak Harbor 360-240-9449

I look forward to seeing you there.

• Vivian Rogers Decker is founder of SPIN Cafe. Also serving on the SPIN board are president Marc Stroud, Bob Wall, Ramona Ferguson, Karola Cornelius, Shaun Dettman, Claire Vorauer and Cody Johnson.