coffee for a cause
Higher Ground “Coffee for a Cause” was born out of a dream to build a better community one cup at a time. Located next to the Community Café, Higher Ground is the first non-profit coffee business in the Bozeman area. Our goal is to build partnerships with local roasters, produce a local product, and create a local impact.
What is Higher Ground?
Higher Ground is a social enterprise organization with a dual mission: producing a sustainable revenue stream for the Community Café, and delivering vocational training for young adults. All profits from Higher Ground will be directed toward supporting the Community Café, while our baristas train young adults in culinary and barista arts to prepare them for the local workforce.
Each purchase at Higher Ground will support the vocational training of young adults. HRDC’s Youth Development program works with youth aged 16-24 to improve the long-term job prospects of young people by providing basic skills, work readiness skills, career guidance, and occupational training. Youth employed with Higher Ground typically need support with one or more of the following: achieving educational goals, homelessness, transitioning from foster care, pregnant or parenting, regulating mental health, preventing involvement with the justice system, managing disabilities, or assistance maintaining employment.
Every Third Cup . . .
Every third cup of coffee will buy your neighbor dinner at the Community Café. HRDC’s Community Café is Montana’s only “pay-what-you-can” café, where you choose the price, Pay-it-Forward, or dinner’s on us. The Community Café is part of HRDC’s Emergency Food and Nutrition Initiatives, striving to improve food security throughout the Gallatin Valley. Our Café provides restaurant style dinner service to anyone who eats regardless of their ability to contribute. In 2014, we provided over 50,000 dinners. Our dinner is prepared by the culinary team, served by committed groups of volunteers, and led by our evening service coordinators.
We collaborate with local communities to establish partnerships and bring together local workforce training providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other entities. Youth working at Higher Ground not only learn barista arts, but also receive the following services:
- Career Exploration and Planning
- Professional Engagement Workshops
- Leadership Development Activities
- Financial Education
- Independent Living Skills
- Guidance and Advocacy
- Support and Mentorship