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Ten Friends Diner – Open House 2014

Ten Friends Diner hosted an open house, inviting the Community to come in and take a look at the progress of the program as well as the progress in the Community Garden.  See the video to check out how it […]

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SPECIAL CELEBRATION NOTICE: OPEN HOUSE

Ten Friends Diner would like to invite you to our OPEN HOUSE there will be some awesome food, treats and hospitality! Date: October 15th 2014 Time: 9am-2pm   Notice: Regular food service is CLOSED for this event and will continue […]

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Amazing People – Mental Illness is NOT the end. (My Experience)

Hi there, my name is Randy Comeau, I work at Ten Friends Diner as Assistant to the Director.  I would like to share with you my experience over the past few years with Ten Friends Diner. Over the past three […]

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Community Garden Gathering – Aug 9th (12pm-5pm)

ATTN Community: Ten Friends Community Garden is having a big Gathering this up and coming Saturday, August 9th @ 12pm-5pm. Come help finish the setup of the Garden, meet new people in the process, hey, even harvest some food to […]

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Catering Parties, Weddings, Events in Windsor, Ontario

Did you know that Ten Friends Diner (TFD) caters?  Yup, it’s true!  We are proud to be able to say that our business at the Diner has progressed to the point where we are able to confidently cater almost any […]

 

Ten Friends Diner – Open House 2014

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Ten Friends Diner hosted an open house, inviting the Community to come in and take a look at the progress of the program as well as the progress in the Community Garden.  See the video to check out how it went!

 

SPECIAL CELEBRATION NOTICE: OPEN HOUSE

Open-House

Ten Friends Diner would like to invite you to our OPEN HOUSE there will be some awesome food, treats and hospitality!

Date: October 15th 2014
Time: 9am-2pm

 

Notice: Regular food service is CLOSED for this event and will continue with normal hours October 16th, 2014.

 

Amazing People – Mental Illness is NOT the end. (My Experience)

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Hi there, my name is Randy Comeau, I work at Ten Friends Diner as Assistant to the Director.  I would like to share with you my experience over the past few years with Ten Friends Diner.

Over the past three and a half years I have come to know several people at Ten Friends Diner.  I started out a customer simply out of curiosity through seeing this little homey looking place off the side of the road.  My wife and I had passed by it several times and commented we’d love to give it a try “someday”.  That someday came.  I remember our first experience.

We found parking on the street and entered through the entrance doors and were welcomed with smiling faces and directed to a seat.  At first my wife and I just exchanged awkward glances, but soon came to see the family that this small Diner (which we still knew nothing about other than it was a Diner) was.  It seemed that all the people there interacted like a tight knit family and this was a breath of fresh air.  As we were given our menus we then learned about the program as there was a description printed on the menu itself.  Moved and intrigued we spoke about how misunderstood Mental Illness is.  The food arrived and we were blown away by the portions, the taste and the fact that almost everything on our plate was not only made with love, but was mostly home made!  This became our weekend “hangout”.

As we got to know the people working the Diner we got to know how great each of them was.  A great gift most do not realize and is under-recognized is growing a friendship with others.

Eventually I was approached to help and volunteer.  How could I say no? So I attended my first event/fundraiser with the “crew”.  I remember it vividly.  It was at the University of Windsor for Mental Health Awareness Week, there was a guest speaker on stage speaking about Mental Illness and there we were as the refreshment area!  It was so much fun just being out in the community with people from the Diner as well as customers!  Many people did not know Ten Friends Diner was a program helping people with Mental Illness, but this event gave the opportunity to educate and spread the word.  We took each opportunity to ask “Do you know what Ten Friends Diner is about?”.  Many people were amazed that people with Mental Illness were actually out DOING something.  I thought to myself that day, if they only knew each of the people here personally, they’d know how amazing each of them really is.  Unfortunately most people do not have the time or desire or there is a stigma attached to Mental Illness so there is fear there and thus they never step their foot in the door to experience the people, the faces, the personalities of Mental Illness.  The thing that I came to realize early on is that the people I was now surrounded by at the Diner were not very different than you or I, in fact I count many my friends today.  The only difference I found is each personality and how unique each person was/is.

I think as I came to see how great the people at the Diner were they also were seeing me for me (which is a rarity in this world) and I was asked to sit on the Board of Directors.  An honor.  I accepted and of course set to work in giving ideas, direction and my hands to help where needed.

Eventually I was asked by the Director (who is also an amazing friend as well!) to come on board as STAFF to help her directly as Assistant to her.  This was not only a shock to me because I was unprepared for this proposition but I was also very excited too!  A chance to work directly with people I’d come to admire for their endurance to overcome each day, positive personalities and drive to make things work.  Again, I couldn’t say no.  So over time (2 years) this gave me the opportunity to make a more direct impact on the program at Ten Friends Diner.  With background in Business Development and Marketing I was able to help in many ways to advance the program.  Everything from a newly designed menu and food items to spearheading a Mental Health Awareness Ribbon Campaign (make sure you donate and get your ribbon this winter!) as well, just this year starting a Community Garden.  What a privilege!

This experience expressed here is simply just the tip of the iceberg on what I experienced.  I would like each person reading this to engage in their Community and engage with a program or people who have a Mental Illness.  You will learn how awesome people are.  I challenge you to take a step, make a difference.

This Experienced by: Randy Comeau

Community Garden Gathering – Aug 9th (12pm-5pm)

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ATTN Community:

Ten Friends Community Garden is having a big Gathering this up and coming Saturday, August 9th @ 12pm-5pm. Come help finish the setup of the Garden, meet new people in the process, hey, even harvest some food to take home! We will have cold beverages and our BBQ there for hot dogs! Bring your friends, get involved, make a difference in your community!

Where: 1400 Windsor Ave
When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Catering Parties, Weddings, Events in Windsor, Ontario

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Did you know that Ten Friends Diner (TFD) caters?  Yup, it’s true!  We are proud to be able to say that our business at the Diner has progressed to the point where we are able to confidently cater almost any event you want.  We can handle up to 200 people at a hall of your choice or if your party is smaller we are able to take care of 60 right in house plus another 12 on our patio!  We have happy customers every time!  We have done private parties, showers, events, presentations and even weddings!  Don’t let our little Diner fool you!  We CAN do your next Catering.  We have a pre-set Catering menu setup, just click HERE.  We can also do customized menus as well.  If you want something different we can sit down with you and work out the details.

We have Catered some great events and fed many organizations.  Such organizations as:

  • CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association
  • University of Windsor (Resident Assistant Event)
  • Pathway to Potential
  • The Scoop (Fund Raisers)
  • Together We Flourish (Meetings)
  • Northwood Public School
  • and many more…

Give us a call for your next party, event or meetings!  Delivery is available!

Call: 519-254-3000 or Email: info@tenfriendsdiner.com

 

Community Garden – Plotting Ahead!

Check out the progress on our Community Garden!  Don’t forget it’s not too late to jump in and help out!  There is lots to do and many hands makes light work!  Get involved and make a difference in our community!  Contact Randy at randy@tenfriendsdiner.com

Mental Health Awareness Month: 10 things I know about mental illness

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While scouring the news on Mental Illness we just happened on this article.  It certainly sheds light on what many experience who go through any kind of Mental Health setback.  Take a few minutes and read this in it’s entirety, it is a breath of fresh air to know the facts on what families go through.

Mental Health Awareness Month: 10 things I know about mental illness.

Mental health education at young age key in reducing stigma: experts | Globalnews.ca

Mental health education at young age key in reducing stigma: experts | Globalnews.ca.

 

School fair attempts to reduce stigma of mental health issues

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School fair attempts to reduce stigma of mental health issues.

Canadians’ mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. customs – Windsor – CBC News

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Canadians’ mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. customs – Windsor – CBC News.

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