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After living among homeless, Tampa singer Leonardo Villanueva playing benefit for cafe for the needy

Leonardo Villanueva

Leonardo Villanueva



In 2009, bilingual Christian recording artist Leonardo Villa­nueva chose to spend four nights as a homeless person in downtown Tampa. He did it to understand, if only somewhat, what people without shelter experience every day. He documented the venture on YouTube, receiving both praise and criticism.

Villanueva will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road, to benefit Trinity Café 2, which opens Monday in north Tampa. The establishment at First Church of God, 2202 E Busch Blvd., will serve the hungry and homeless from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays.

"Trinity Café 2 is a daily oasis in the middle of a vast desert for these folks," he said in an interview. "I always refer to them as angels. That's what they (Trinity Café) were to me during my most basic need during those homeless days. These volunteers are doing the same, day in and day out for thousands of needy and hungry people every year."

For more of Sarah Whitman's interview with Leonardo Villanueva, click here.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2016 2:55pm]


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