The Rec Room Cafe is a “no-cost alternative” for students to fellowship, according to junior Rachel Schramm.
“We are trying to create a space that is helpful with relieving the stress of the week and a space that is a safe place for people to come and have a good time, free of worries and commitment and to come talk about God, community and life together,” said Sabrina Flemming, head volunteer for the café.
Last January, Life Compass Church, in Kankakee, started the café in the church basement as a ministry and outreach to the Kankakee community–specifically college students.
Since their launch, Life Compass has hosted coffee night monthly with about 200 students coming and going on average. The Rec Room Café provides free coffee and live music performed by Olivet students. Life Compass purchases all the supplies necessary to support The Rec Room Café: machinery, coffee beans and syrups. Because of this, drinks and food are free.
Sophomore Alyssa Engel always looks forward to coffee night at the café.
“It’s a great place to hang out with friends, meet new ones and just have a chill Friday night,” Engel said. “It has a huge appeal because there are no cute, privately owned coffee places in the area. The live, acoustic music and aesthetics of the place all create an awesome and inviting atmosphere to hang out.”
The café is working towards acquiring the licensing needed to become an official coffee shop.
“For now, we are focusing on our vision and how we want to create the right atmosphere for this to happen. Like every business, we experienced setbacks and struggles, but we’re getting there,” Flemming said. “At the moment, we are trying to make the events happen more often than once a month before we talk about creating a permanent shop.”
The next coffee night will be held Friday, Nov. 18, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
— Emma Vandermark, Contributing Writer