Purple Door Coffee Continues Its Mission to Employ Denver’s Unhoused Teens and Young Adults at a New Cap Hill Location

Purple Door Coffee, a coffee shop in Denver, has opened its new location in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood. The shop is designed to train and employ Denver’s unhoused teens and young adults, equipping them with the soft skills needed to exit life on the streets. The company’s job readiness program is designed to provide social support, professional therapy sessions, life coaching, and psychiatric referrals for young people with experience living on the streets.

Purple Door Coffee is an employment social enterprise supported by its parent organization Dry Bones Denver, a nonprofit that seeks to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of young people with experience living on the streets. The company currently employs four full-time employees for a non-tipped minimum wage plus tips, and has mentored 45 graduates of their job training program, ages 16 through 30.

The shop shares a building with the Central Presbyterian Church, an organization with like-minded missions for helping Denver’s poor and unhoused communities. The shop is easily accessible to nearby foot traffic and downtown office spaces near and along Sherman Street. Purple Door could also benefit from Downtown Denver Partnership’s long-delayed $7 million, 5,280-mile trail project.

The color purple was chosen based on its association to “royalty,” intended to inspire a sense of worth and value for anyone who walks through their door. The new location has ties to an old friend, Sateva Wiles, who pitched a silent auction fundraiser for the organization years ago. Wallace describes Wiles as a “soft soul” and believes that the need to continuously meet people where they are is crucial to the success of Purple Door Coffee.

The new location has ties to an old friend, Sateva Wiles, who died of a fentanyl overdose at the age of 14. The coffee shop’s new location is a testament to the importance of connecting with the story of what this space represents and the need to support those who have experienced life on the streets.

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