This Lunch and Learn is led by Patience Buckwalter the CEO/Founder of Grape Leaf Cafe, LLC .
Patience Buckwalter received licensure as a licensed social worker in 2017, and earned her degree from Millersville University. Her practice interest areas are refugee and immigration services, and family systems. She has been a social work practitioner for five years in various areas of practice (teen parents, sexual assault counselor, and adoption social worker). She is also an Adjunct Professor/Field Liaison and a Field Instructor in the BSW and MSW programs for Millersville University.
Patience is the CEO/Founder of Grape Leaf Cafe, LLC which was formed in 2018. Grape Leaf Cafe empowers refugee women in the Lancaster Community by creating an outlet for them to prepare their own authentic ethnic food and share it with the community. This “pop-up” café has participated in various events in the past year She also created the Grape Leaf Empowerment Center, Inc., which was established to bridge the gap between refugee/immigrant families and community organizations/groups through a hub that provides culturally sensitive case management services and resources for as long as they are needed.
Patience resides in Lancaster City with her son and mother. She spends her time traveling and enjoying taking in new experiences.