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Community Breakfast

Join us for Community Breakfast, when we donate half of our breakfast sales from 8 am to noon to the featured non-profit!  

Pondicheri partners with a few organizations every year to give back to our community, especially toward disenfranchised women & children.  These breakfasts are one way that our guests can enjoy nourishing food while learning about & contributing to an organization that they may not have been familiar with before!  Community breakfasts are held every second Friday in NYC & every second Saturday in Houston. To be considered as a future beneficiary, please e-mail all relevant information to eat@pondichericafe.com.  


2018 beneficiaries


Empowering South Asian survivors & families who are trying to break the cycle of domestic & sexual violence.

Daya, meaning 'compassion', empowers South Asian survivors of domestic & sexual violence who are trying to reclaim their lives by offering counseling & advocacy, promoting community awareness & by advocating at the policy level.  Started in 1996 as a volunteer-run, grass-roots level organization with a help line for women to call, Daya's services have grown to include counseling & advocacy, legal clinic, housing assistance, education & job training, translation services & financial assistance toward living expenses.  Daya's approach fosters individual freedom & respect, leading to healthy families & the vision of a South Asian community in Houston that is free from family violence.  Learn more about Daya here.  

HTX    JAN 13  /  APRIL 14  /  JULY 14  /  OCT 13


Uniting survivors, communities & institutions to eradicate domestic violence & form healthy communities.

Founded in 1989 by a group of 5 South Asian women, Sakhi, meaning "woman friend" was created to fill a critical need.  In spite of an abundance of religious & cultural centers, professional associations & ethnic-specific groups within New York's large South Asian immigrant population, there was no place for women to address the silenced subject of domestic violence.  Sakhi has a two-pronged approach to address this issue: by creating a safe space with a full range of information, support, services & advocacy for women facing abuse in their lives & by working to inform, engage & mobilize the South Asian community to end violence.  Learn more about Sakhi here.  

NYC    FEB 9   /   MAY 11   /   AUG 10   /   NOV 9


Rescuing & rehabilitating human trafficking survivors in Nepal, Uganda & the Philippines with the goal of restoring them to a life full of hope. 

In Nepal, She Has Hope operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu where rescued women receive counseling, medical care, room & board, literacy classes & become proficient in several craftmaking, seamstress, cooking & gardening skills through daily coursework.  In 2012, the program broadened to include the Philippines & Uganda.  In all 3 project locations, the organization conducts an ongoing human trafficking awareness campaign to educate at-risk girls, while also providing empowerment for their mothers through craft skill & development.  All proceeds from the sales of their handmade crafts directly support their programs, which can be purchased online & will be for sale in our Bake Lab + Shop during Community Breakfast! Learn more about She Has Hope here.

HTX      FEB 10   /   MAY 12   /   AUG 11   /   NOV 10
NYC     JAN 13   /   APRIL 13   /   JULY 13   /   OCT 12


LGBT center in Houston offering resources, counseling, youth & senior programming, addiction treatment, HIV/AIDS care, anti-violence services, education & meeting space.  

The Montrose Center empowers our community, primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender individuals & their families, to enjoy healthier & more fulfilling lives.  A team of state-licensed clinicians, masters-level therapists, skilled educators, support staff & dedicated volunteers work together to create healthier futures for our community.  Because LGBT persons face numerous health disparities compared to the general population, the Center has embraced an integrated care model with one-stop access to behavioral health & support services, adult primary care & psychiatry & free wellness programs that empower individuals to proactively participate in their own care.  The Montrose Center is also committed to the development of an LGBT-affirming, affordable, senior housing community.  As the cultural hub of Houston's LGBT community, the Center is "home" to dozens of LGBT-affirming social & civic organizations & offers affordable rental space for meetings & events.  Learn more about The Montrose Center here!

HTX    MARCH 10   /   JUNE 9   /   SEPT 8   /   DEC 8

LGBT center in NYC empowering community members to lead healthy, successful lives.
resources, counseling, youth & senior programming, addiction treatment, HIV/AIDS care, anti-violence services, education & meeting space.  

Open 365 days a year, The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are.  Programming evolves in response to the needs of the community: The Center offers health & wellness programs, arts; entertainment & cultural events; as well as recover, wellness, parenthood & family support services.  With more than 6,000 visitors a week, The Center has been the cornerstone of New York City's LGBT community since 1983.  Learn more here!

NYC    JUNE 8   /   SEPT 7   /   DEC 7 







2017 beneficiaries


Providing trusted reproductive healthcare & education to Americans for 100 years


 

Rescuing & rehabilitating human trafficking survivors in Nepal, Uganda & the Philippines with the goal of restoring them to a life full of hope. 


Creating communities of health by delivering fresh fruits & vegetables to families & schools