Updated August 31 with this information from Deanna Taylor Heacock: “Due to the overwhelming response, CODA will extend the 10% donation to Jenny Romero to include DINNER sales on September 6th as well as all day Thursday and Friday, September 7 and 8. So now you have 3 whole days to celebrate back to school while giving back. Some of you have asked about donations. Coda will be accepting donations on behalf of Jenny to be used towards her housing. Many thanks to Luke at Coda whose generosity knows no limits.”
Coda Kitchen & Bar in Maplewood Village will be donating 10 percent of proceeds from lunchtime sales on Wednesday, September 6 to a rent fund for Jenny Romero, a Maplewood resident whose disability funds to support her housing have been eliminated due to state budget cuts.
Village Green chronicled Romero’s situation in a story last October when Romero was facing eviction by December. A number of good Samaritans have helped keep a roof over her and her daughter’s heads, and Romero’s parents also moved in to help with costs.
Now Coda is stepping in and stepping up.
“I am beyond words in gratitude. Thank you is not enough, but it is all I have,” wrote Romero on Facebook. “A million times over and forever thank you, Deanna Taylor Heacock, Maddy Shaw, and Coda Maplewood,”
“Looking for a place to celebrate the kids going back to school?” wrote Romero’s friend Maddy Shaw on Facebook. “Come have lunch at Coda on September 6. Grab a friend or come with your partner and toast to the new school year…. OR grab some tissues and come hang out with me and have a good cry about your first born starting kindergarten. Coda opens at 11:30 a.m. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with fellow parents and share stories from the morning.”
“Coda is generously donating 10% of the proceeds of lunchtime sales to my friend and local mom Jenny Romero,” wrote Shaw. “Jenny has lived in Maplewood for 16 years and is struggling to keep her daughter here in this wonderful school district.”
As we noted last October, Romero, a single mom, desperately wants to remain in Maplewood because she has found it to be “a great place to raise my daughter — the outstanding schools, parks and people make this town a wonderful place to live. Most of all, it is wheelchair accessible allowing me to move about freely and live a normal, enjoyable and peaceful quality of life…something that has been difficult to find elsewhere.”
Romero’s parents also moved in with her and her daughter last year to help her with rent.
Coda Kitchen & Bar is located at 177 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. www.codamaplewood.com
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