Connecting College Students With the Homeless Through Coffee.
This is a project for a Entrepreneurial Journalism class at CSU I took Spring 2015, incorporating journalism into a start-up project we came up with. It is not YET a real organization. The full website can be seen here.
FORT COLLINS, CO
Homeless people have stories. They are incredible, winding, and unforeseen experiences of hardships unknown to a majority of the nation. Their voices have abundant wisdom to offer in lives of individuals navigating independent worlds and striving to understand unfolding passions. There are over 300 homeless people alone in Fort Collins. Restore Community is a way to network with the large homeless community and introduce friendships.
Partnering with Restore Community, Everyday Joe's provides a consistent, safe location to meet with a homeless friend. People in the homeless community are directed to this coffeehouse to create a profile on the website. College students can access their profiles on the website and send an invite to a homeless client. The client will be notified by Everyday Joe's.
Kindness matters. Relationships matter. Meeting for conversation over the comfort of coffee has more value than any material donation. However, in addition to friendships, students are encouraged to help provide for the needs of their friends. Items to provide can be found on the client page.
Here's how it all works:
1.) FIND A FRIEND. Browse the profiles on the "client" page to see who would be your best fit. What are your interests/experiences? What do you want to learn more about? What language(s) do you speak? Most likely, you will find a match within the community.
2.) CONTACT YOUR FRIEND. Fill out the contact page when you find a good fit for you, filling in some information about yourself and your schedule. We will contact your friend as soon as we can and they will view your contact sheet, choosing a meeting time. Meet your friend at Everyday Joe's!
3.) MEET WEEKLY, PROVIDE NEEDS, SHARE STORIES. Build a consistent relationship of meeting for coffee and hearing about your friend's life, as well as telling them about yours. Your friend will let you know their most urgent material needs, and you can choose to bring an item for your friend when you are able. When you feel inspired, record parts of their story they give you permission to share on the "stories" page, the platform for our city to hear about incredible lives within the homeless community.
Get started at the full website here.
The Space: Everyday Joe's
A Coffee House In Fort Collins
144 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Everyday Joe's Coffee House is a space that runs during the week as a coffee shop and meeting place in the community, and during the weekend as an event location and church (Timberline Old town). It welcomes many different demographics in Fort Collins, but intentionally serves homeless people. It is a refuge, a resting place, a house of love and belonging.
A Nonprofit Serving The Community Through Coffee
"A non-profit coffee house and event venue is not something you come across everyday (though it’s not as uncommon as you’d think). One of the most common questions we get is, 'What do you mean you’re non-profit? Where does the money go?' Well, here’s an explanation in list form:
Support Of Local Organizations
Yearly Giving: At the end of the financial year, we give away all profits to another community-minded organization in the area.
In-Kind Donations: Throughout the year, we give in-kind donations as often as possible…donating coffee, gift cards and coupons to organizations raising money through silent auctions or wanting to thank the people that serve them.
Room Usage: When an organization comes to us wanting to use the space to host a benefit concert or fundraising event, we find a way to get them on the calendar. We also let them use the room for free and donate our portion of the ticket sales (10%) to the organization"
- Everyday Joe's website (http://www.everydayjoes.org/)