CAFE 180 started when two friends met for lunch at SAME Cafe in Denver. Julie Mihevc and Catherine Clements had planned to talk about creating transitional housing in Englewood. But they became enthralled with the SAME Cafe concept: Anyone can eat, regardless of their ability to pay. Those who are unable to pay simply exchange their time and energy for a nutritious meal. Already aware of the needs of the South Broadway community in Englewood, the pair knew bringing great food would provide the “hand up” this neighborhood needed. Since we started, we’ve served more than 50,000 meals in this dignified exchange and more than 100,000 meals total!
In 2010, CAFE 180 opened its doors and began serving customers.
Starting in 2018, CAFE 180 also began offering paid work experiences through JOBS 180. At the café, apprentices gain experience in a full-service kitchen cooking and preparing soups, salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Apprentices also can gain experience in customer service and training volunteers.
We believe that lives can be transformed by eating real, nutritionally-dense and delicious food prepared consistently and prepared well.
ALL ARE WELCOME.
CAFE 180 creates space for everyone to feel good about the food they eat, the work they do, the people they connect to, and the time they spend. We get to know all people as individuals and invite everyone to be part of our community.
EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER.
Everyone has something to give and everyone is worthy of receiving. We look for creative ways to balance our traditional systems of exchange, allowing people to volunteer their time if they don’t have the resources to pay for a meal.
WE’RE ALL CONNECTED.
We stand by the side of people in our community who are traditionally left out of our social structure, and give all people a chance to connect with people who they may not spend time with on an average day.
CAFE 180 Manager
CAFE 180 Kitchen Coordinator
One Good Turn Executive