Staff with the First Baptist Church in Kenai confirmed yesterday that The Way Cafe has been closed.
The cafe was sponsored by the Church and operated closely with Love, INC.
The Cafe’s clientele dropped after the nearby Family Hope Center (located in the Merit Inn) was closed last June. Leslie Rohr, Executive Director of Love, INC, explained at that time…
Rohr: “We are closing down the shelter portion of our ministry, the Family Hope Center, at the Merit Inn as of the 30th of June.”
Rohr they missed out on the state funding which would have enabled the organization to purchase the buildings and begin renovations, and the Board and building owners decided not to renew the lease.
The cafe was opened in the summer of 2011 and continued serving low-priced meals until this month.