Coffee, books and young people learning life skills


Anythink Wright Farms and Community Uplift Partnership (Cup) celebrated books and coffee with its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 12.

“We are really excited about our partnership with Anythink because our cultures are so aligned. We are about supporting the community, being uplifting and helping someone feel encouraged to live out their best life and to learn new things,” said Maria Borrego, executive director of CUP, the Community Uplift Partnership.

It was a full house with families and children waiting to see the new coffee shop and have free doughnuts and coffee. This is the third location that CUP has opened is a non-profit helping young people develop the skills to make good choices that affect their families and future.

“What a fun day with everybody here to officially open the Anythink coffee house and working with Cup,” said Michael Hibben, Anythink Library branch manager.

“They are such a fantastic organization. They do great work with our young people and what a fun thing to be able to partner with them. We are excited to be the location for this new coffee house.”

The partnership hires youth at all the coffee houses it runs, giving them hands-on job training.   In addition, employees can complete a 12-session course focusing on leadership, life skills, character development, and professional advice to prepare for the workforce and work at coffee shops.

Borrego said the library offered them the café and provided the equipment. They provide a healthy environment for the young people to work there.

“It's a perfect pairing. Books and coffee go together. When our staff and cultures align, it's a beautiful thing. Our young people that work here get to experience other healthy people who are a part of helping the community to become a better place, “ Borrego said.

"Anythink coffee house is the perfect match with anything here. People can get a cup of coffee, grab a newspaper, and sit by the fireplace. It's part of an extension of our hospitality here at Anythink, “ said Stacie Ledden, Anythink's director of strategic partnership.

CUP has also opened two other coffee shops in Adams County, the Reunion Coffee and Taza, in the Adams County Government building.

“It's a dream come true. It's been coming for so long and we're so happy to be here and anything. They are amazing. This is a really beautiful partnership, “ said Chris Churches, Community Uplift Partnership coffee house director.

The coffee shop is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Anythink Wright Farms, 5877 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton.

Anythink Wright Farms library new coffeehouse


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