August 2023 – The Warren Bistro: A Hub of Community and Connections

The Warren Bistro: A Hub of Community and Connections

Aug. 2023

On August 22nd, Lifeworks’ main office in Westwood hosted a full-day Open House with special events and activities. The highlight of the day was the dedication ceremony of the recently renovated bistro, now officially named “The Warren Bistro” in honor of Mercedes Warren and in recognition of a gift made by her family following her passing. Mercedes was a long-time volunteer and supporter of Lifeworks, and mother of Stephen, Chris, Sue, and Tom, whom we support. It was wonderful to celebrate with Mercedes’ children, son and daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

The Warren family shared their inspiration about the donation saying, “Making a gift to Lifeworks to honor our mom was an easy decision. Lifeworks was a resource for her and our family from the very beginning and the relationship now spans over four decades. Currently, Tom attends the day program, lives in a loving Lifeworks residence, and participates in many social and recreational activities. We are honored to give back in gratitude for the support Lifeworks has provided and to recognize our mom’s devotion to Tom and her volunteerism at Lifeworks. The Bistro was a perfect choice as she welcomed so many into our home with her delicious meals and baked goods. We hope that staff, clients, and visitors enjoy this bright and inviting space for years to come.”  

The grand opening featured a ribbon-cutting and plaque unveiling, marking the transformation of the bistro into a favorite space for both Lifeworks staff and program participants. Throughout the Open House day, the Warren Bistro buzzed with activities. Individuals from the day habilitation program took turns hosting events for visitors, staff, and participants.  

The Warren Bistro has become a versatile venue for tea parties, baking classes, meetings, lunch-hour dining, and much more. The deluxe bistro-style coffee machine has proven to be a major hit, offering an array of on-tap specialty beverages like vanilla lattes, chocolate cappuccinos, and espressos. The Warren Bistro has truly become a hub of community and connection, representing the spirit of Lifeworks.