TPC Sawgrass Gives Back with 5-Star Dinner for St. Francis House Residents


By Karen Hensel

Community Submission

Nov. 4 was a magical night at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Augustine, as members teamed up with members of St. Francis in the Field Episcopal Church (Ponte Vedra) and the food and beverage team of TPC Sawgrass for the annual Café Trinite dinner for the residents of St. Francis House.

This is the second year that Chef L.J. Cousson and his team have provided a 5-star dining experience for the residents of St. Francis House, St. Johns County’s only emergency shelter for families and individuals facing the crisis of homelessness.

As one guest stated, “The meal was wonderful, but the best part was being treated so special. Most of us have never experienced anything like this.” Guests dined on filet mignon and all the trimmings. According to Chef Cousson, “Our team looks forward to this event. We serve others every day, but serving the residents of St. Francis House who are experiencing a tough time is especially gratifying.”

Café Tinite is an annual event to reward the residents of St. Francis House who are working hard to rebuild their lives and overcome the crisis of homelessness.

“The evening is a wonderful opportunity for our residents to forget their challenges for a few hours and experience a special evening.” Stated Judy Dembowski, St. Francis House Executive Director. “We are deeply thankful to TPC Sawgrass and the members of both churches for helping make an unforgettable memory for our residents.”