Ed has a Business degree from Nyack College and a Culinary Arts Degree from Johnson & Wales. In 2007, God whispered to Ed’s heart, “feed My children”. Ed has since expanded his definition of His children to mean all who don’t have an intimate relationship with Jesus.
In 2014, Ed and his wife Nancy entered Christian ministry and served at Project 658. Together they served East Charlotte by feeding outreach and providing job training. To support their effort, they were able to create a catering program for profit.
Joining the staff of Charlotte Rescue Mission in 2017, Ed is responsible for running Community Matters Café, a public, full-service restaurant and coffee shop and extension program for Charlotte Rescue Mission graduate students.
Ed lives in Charlotte with Nancy. They have four children, Alexa (also a JWU grad), Jake, Madison, and Sophie as well as two tiny dogs.
Nick attended Appalachian State University and then started cooking in various restaurants in Boone, NC. In 2012, he earned his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, graduating from The Art Institute of Charlotte.
More recently, Nick has used his skills in serving as Chef at First Presbyterian Church and Sous Chef at Southminster Retirement Community. He is excited for the opportunity to extend his warm hospitality to both the guests and staff at Community Matters Café.
Nick and his wife Casee Jo live in Gastonia, NC with their kitty, Jimmy.
Jenny has a background in the hospitality industry as a Restaurant Manager and has been blessed to work with and learn from some of the most prolific operators and chefs in the Charlotte area.
Most recently, she was part of the award-winning team at The Asbury inside of The Dunhill Hotel, winning accolades for everything from Best Chef, Best Pastry Chef, Best Historic Hotel, and Restaurant of the Year. She’s a proud wife and mother to an energetic toddler and a native Charlottean.
Rita is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all clinical areas with students that are transformed by the Life Skills Training Program provided in a café setting.
She brings over 10 years of experience counseling and educating those who suffer from hardships and working with substance use and mental health disorder recipients. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, graduating with honors and was awarded “Most Outstanding Student” in college.
She grew up in Cabarrus County where she raised two children and now has six grandchildren. She loves spending time with family, traveling, and believes in living each day as if it may be her last.