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Perficient LDC Colleagues “Take Over” St. Joseph’s Diner

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Take Over Begins

On April 7th, the Perficient LDC Colleagues embarked on a heartfelt mission at St. Joseph’s Diner in Lafayette, Louisiana. With six eager hearts, we took over the kitchen at 613 W. Simcoe St., ready to serve those in need. St. Joseph’s Diner, a beacon of hope in the community, opens its doors daily from 11 am to 1 pm, providing free, freshly prepared, nutritious meals to individuals experiencing homelessness and hunger.

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For many of us, including myself, it was our first time serving lunch to the homeless. The experience was nothing short of humbling. As we witnessed the line of individuals seeking their next meal, it was a poignant reminder of the struggles faced by so many in our own community.

A Glimpse into St. Joseph’s Diner

At St. Joseph’s Diner, the ethos of generosity and compassion permeates every aspect of the operation. Catholic Charities of Acadiana, the driving force behind the diner, exemplifies these values through their commitment to serving the marginalized. Learn more about Catholic Charities of Acadiana here.

Volunteers play a pivotal role in extending hospitality, ensuring meals are served efficiently, and maintaining a space that is not only welcoming but also clean and sanitary. Our team eagerly took on these responsibilities, guided by a sense of duty and a desire to make a meaningful difference.Img 1348

As we interacted with the guests, exchanging smiles and conversation, it became evident that our presence extended beyond simply providing nourishment. We were offering a moment of dignity, a reminder that they are seen and valued members of our community.

Making a Difference, One Meal at a Time

Reflecting on the day’s events, I’m struck by the profound impact such acts of service can have, both on those we serve and on ourselves. In giving of ourselves, we receive far more in return—a sense of fulfillment that can only come from knowing we’ve made a positive difference in someone’s life.

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I’m immensely proud to have been part of the Perficient LDC Colleagues team that dedicated our time and energy to St. Joseph’s Diner. It’s a reminder that even small gestures of kindness can ripple outwards, touching lives in ways we may never fully comprehend.

As we continue our journey forward, let us carry with us the spirit of compassion and generosity that defines St. Joseph’s Diner. Together, we can make a difference—one meal, one smile, one act of kindness at a time.

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Frank Plaisance, Lead Technical Consultant

Frank Plaisance is a leader in technical consulting, project management, and customer satisfaction. He has extensive experience in the Managed Services Offering at Perficient, where he works as a Lead Technical Consultant and Service Delivery Manager (SDM) at the Lafayette - US Delivery Center. He is involved in every stage of the project lifecycle, from presales to delivery, and ensures that the clients are thrilled with exceptional support from his team. Frank enjoys working in a dynamic and collaborative environment that fosters innovation and excellence. As a blogger, Frank likes to share his insights and stories about the Culture & Philanthropy events that his office participates in. He believes that having fun and giving back to the local community are essential aspects of his work culture.

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