Chef Tony & Ann, Hope Cafe & Catering
Ann-I was raised in a conservative Christian home, married young and had two beautiful Children. After 19+ years of marriage, my husband had an extramarital affair, And I found myself in the middle of a messy divorce. This was a painful and agonizing experience, as we were prominent members in Our church and community. My world came crashing down. I didn’t have time to Wallow in self-pity. I knew that I had to find a way support myself and my two children, Because my ex was selfish and unpredictable. I enrolled in an expedited trade school course for Surgical Assistant and was hired within a year at a local hospital. It was a tough learning curve. At that point I didn’t have time to be focusing on my dating life, let alone want anything to do with men in general. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to trust a man again. Then I offered to help at a girlfriend’s bridal shower, and I met Tony. He was charming and energetic and kept feeding me all kinds of tasty treats! I didn’t know about his past or his journey in recovery. As we began to meet for coffee and spend time together, he began to share his past and his remarkable journey back to sobriety. I was pretty discouraged however. His baggage plus my baggage was just way too much baggage. I was considering ending the relationship before it got any more involved. But my mom saw a great deal of potential in Tony and told me to give it a little more time. He was very patient with me and knew my fear and uncertainty would be a challenge. But he was there for me and my kids, and we waded through life’s challenges together. I could see the incredible work that God was doing in his heart and mind. I started to feel like this was truly God ordained. We got married in 2010 and have been running Hope Café together ever since. It has been an exciting and challenging journey. It can be really rewarding to help others get a second chance and rebuild their lives. Like with having any employees it can get messy and costly. I am not a risk taker by nature, so this has been a big challenge for me to continue to extend grace and love to others along with all the demands of owning a business, especially in California.
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