This year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Menbe will be donating 10% of all her restaurant’s sales on March 8th to the Family Justice Center of Richmond. The Family Justice Center has been a cause close to Menbe’s heart for a long time. Menbe donated $15,000 when the center first opened their doors in 2015 and then $20,000 last year. She also hosts multiple fundraising events for the center at Salute throughout the year. Menbe hopes that on this International Women’s Day the community rallies behind the Family Justice Center and helps raise funds for such a vital organization.
Why does Menbe support the Richmond Family Justice Center? After years of physical and verbal abuse and over 8 months pregnant, Menbe found herself alone in the streets of Rome. She had just snuck out of her home in the middle of the night, fearing for her life. She eventually wandered into a women’s shelter ran by the Mother Teresa Sisters, where she later gave birth to her son, Christian. “When I was being abused, I stayed; I had nowhere to go, no one to help me. With a space like the Family Justice Center, I know where to bring women who need a way out of an abusive relationship.” Menbe knows that organizations like the Family Justice Center of Richmond can be the difference between life and death for some women and that’s why she does everything she can to make sure that they have the funds necessary to carry on their amazing work.