Community, Creativity and Comfort Food: SBCRC Hosts Inaugural Community Dinner

The St. Barnabas Community Resource Center (SBCRC) recently hosted the first Community Dinner in a new series of programs called A Seat at the Table. Community members, staff and supporters gathered for an evening of art, food and conversation developed through a collaboration between SBCRC staff, the ECS Chaplain, Health and Wellness Inclusion and Advocacy, and ECS program partner, Power of Paint.  


The topic of discussion for the evening was the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to nonviolence. Attendees learned about resources and opportunities to support ECS’ challenge to gun violence in the city of Philadelphia and beyond.  

The special guest of the evening was ECS program partner, Power of Paint. Power of Paint is a nonprofit organization with a vision to “create a vibrant community of wholesome artists, educators, activists, and changemakers who are committed to using their talents and skills to make a positive impact in the world.” Program leaders from Power of Paint led an art workshop wherein participants were invited to fill the entire canvas with color and apply an MLK-themed stencil in honor of his work and vision.  


Following the art project, Chief Operating Officer and Creative Director Vanessa Young facilitated a conversation about the role of courage and community in the work of achieving one’s dreams. Attendees shared their own experiences of struggle and endurance while waiting for their art pieces to set and dry. 

The A Seat at the Table Community Dinner Series is a monthly recurring program at St. Barnabas Community Resource Center. It occurs on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Check out our events page for more opportunities to join us with food, fun and fellowship.