Goal: Launch a vibrant café on Dempster Street that provides training for at-risk teen mothers in life skills and food service
Heartwood Center is collaborating with Curt’s Café to bring their warm and comfortable café and inspirational concept into the former Perla Café space across the street from Heartwood Center (located at 1818 Dempster). Many of you are familiar with the work the original Curt's Cafe does on North Central Street with at-risk teens and young men. We would like to replicate this training program to provide life skills and jobs skills to at-risk teen mothers. This new Café will feature nourishing food, coffee and smoothies in a part of town that does not have many healthy food options. The mission is to provide training and job placement assistance to young mothers to enable them to successfully contribute to their family and our community by joining the work force.
We are currently working to raise $150,000 in order to open Curt's Café South in September 2014 and need an immediate $50,000 to purchase the Perla Café space.
If the present and very profound issue of teen mothers touches your heart, we would be so grateful for your consideration. Time is of the essence. Be part of launching a much-needed workforce development program for Evanston's teen mothers and a neighborhood destination that nourishes our community.