Joe's Table - a True Story
Hi, my name is Joe. What is your name? You will see these words on the wall inside a unique café called Joe's Table, named after Joseph Chung. Joseph was diagnosed with autism at a young age and was...
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Hi, my name is Joe.
What is your name?
You will see these words on the wall inside a unique café called Joe's Table, named after Joseph Chung. Joseph was diagnosed with autism at a young age and was also afflicted with a seizure disorder. Because Joseph loved to socialize in his own loving and harmless way, Dr. Stephanie Chung and her husband envisioned a job where Joseph could experience the joy and self-esteem that come from having meaningful work. Joe had a talent for engaging people by greeting them. A coffee shop seemed like the perfect place for that gift.
In Joe's Table, Stephanie shares her story of: a son birthed in joy and later diagnosed with autism. a long battle raising an autistic son, and the journey that made her understand God's providence and compassion. heaven's comfort for mothers who struggle and grieve because their children are different than they expected. a disability that became a blessing to teach God's love.
Joseph passed away unexpectedly in September 2012. Stephanie had to face despair and frustration once again as she sent her child to heaven before her. In that moment, she met the heart of God. Joe's Table continued to evolve and had its grand opening on June 24, 2013. Now it is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop that serves the community and opens employment opportunities for those with different abilities.
Dr. Stephanie Chung obtained her bachelor of music degree at the Seoul National University. She continued her studies in the master's program in piano at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Recently she had an honorary doctorate degree in humanities conferred on her by Trinity Western University.
Stephanie's contributions through music and philanthropy are evident in the numerous charitable events, fundraisers, and concerts she has organized and at which she has performed. She is currently the director and conductor of the Vancouver Zion Mission Choir, a group of 160 Korean Canadians who have dedicated their lives to spreading joy and harmony globally through music. Stephanie has led the choir at the Palace of the Korean President in the Blue House in 2010. She was also featured as the main pianist at the Canadian Parliament Prayer Breakfast in 2010. In October 2011, the Zion Choir was honoured to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.