Wednesday, September 12, 2012

North Texas Giving Day

As many of you know, effective September 1, Chad Houser has taken his rightful spot as the Executive Director of Café Momentum. With passion as a spearhead, Chad’s leadership sets up a solid foundation for the restaurant’s mission and makes the opportunity for growth a real possibility. Now, more than ever, we want you to engage and connect with this movement. This is your chance to be a part of the making—helping Café Momentum grow from the ground level.

Your support means being a part of something much larger. The juvenile justice system allots plenty of room for young offenders to repeat old habits and act on poor behaviors. Café Momentum interrupts that pattern. It helps the young men recognize their capabilities and build onto their strengths. To date, this program has given them vocational training, employment prospects, and multiple professional references. Without an opportunity like this, many of them refuse to even acknowledge their potential and return to discouraging environments. Your contribution helps to create a place that is hopeful and inspiring.

As a case in point, one of the young men who dropped out of school has gone on to earn his GED, secured employment at one of Dallas’ hottest new restaurants, and applied for college. Café Momentum has the ability to turn these young men’s lives around with just a dash of encouragement. It gives youth the tools and confidence they need to be successful adults and contributing members of society.  As this same young man says, “There aren’t that many people who say they are going to help and then follow through and do it. [At the last Café Momentum Dinner] I felt like I was at home. Best night of my life.”

We need your help.  Secure the future of these young people by securing the future of Café Momentum. We have an opportunity once per year through Donor Bridge and Communities Foundation, where all gifts will be matched (to some portion).  Donor Bridge 2012 will occur on September 13, 2012. Your gift will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. to midnight through DonorBridge of Texas. Click on “Youth Village Resources of Dallas” as the charity and then be sure to click on “Cafe Momentum” as the program.  In order for the Café Momentum gifts to be matched, you must donate on-line during this time.

As Café Momentum continues its progression toward a sustainable business, the philanthropic endeavor remains the heart of its mission. As a community supporter, you serve as a key ingredient to this project. We are counting on you to be part of the social change and innovation that Café Momentum has to offer. You make it possible to change the outcomes for these young men.


Your Café Momentum Development Team

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”—Frederick Douglas

Friday, September 7, 2012

Coffee is Served

We did it!!

Cafe Momentum and Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters have joined forces to create a fantastic new blend of coffee. This tasty flavor is a mixture of Fair Trade Arabica Beans, specifically Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Guatemala Quiche, that when fused together create sensational tones of cocoa, floral, and sweet citrus.

This wonderful flavor was hand-selected and joyfully tasted by the 2012 Cafe Momentum focus group.  This enthusiastic group consisted of Cafe Momentum supporters Emily Stout and John Greenan, board members Cannon Flowers and Corey Admire, Chef Jeffery Hobbs, Cafe Momentum participant Jonathan A., Executive Director Chad Houser and last, but certainly not least, Kevin and Marta Sprague of Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters.

Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters is a local company found in East Dallas near White Rock Lake. This company is a dedicated advocate of ethical trade practices supporting responsible farming and uses methods that have a minimal impact on the earth while supporting the community. To further support their values, Kevin and Marta have graciously agreed not only to create this new flavor but are giving back part of the proceeds from each bag of Cafe Momentum Blend sold. As the label from Noble Coyote states, "We win. They win. You win," and these words could not be closer to the truth. By buying just one bag of this delicious coffee, the young men who are at-risk and labeled as "throwaways" will be able to come one step closer to turning their lives around. So, drink up and change a life!

The Cafe Momentum blend is currently available at the Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters website  and White Rock Local Market, which is open every second and and fourth Saturday of the month from 8am-1pm. Updates will follow as new locations start to carry the Cafe Momentum blend. 

If you would like more information on Cafe Momentum please visit our website at

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A note from our new Board Chairman...

I am pleased to inform you that we have an executed employment contract with Chad Houser effective today, 9/1/2012, as Executive Director.  

 Please join me in welcoming Chad as our founding Executive Director of Cafe Momentum.  In the past year+ we have made much progress with Cafe Momentum.  Now, I am pleased to have Chad in a place where we can make even more significant progress.  Our many donors/supporters will enjoy hearing this important news, but more importantly it brings security to those who support us financially, showing we have diligently selected the best person for this key leadership role.  Chad possesses the exact mix of professionalism, talent, skills, and passion, to get the organization through the start-up phase and building a foundation that will carry the organization for many years to come.  The fact that Chad is one of the Founders, along with Janice Provost who serves on the Board will also carry much respect in philanthropic circle -- we are very fortunate to have both Chad and Janice as visionaries of our mission.

Chad, as a Board, we are here to enable success of the organization, and for you personally.  This is a working board, so please continue to engage us as much as needed to insure success in each of these aspects.   

Thank you very much Chad and thank you to the board members who worked through the employment legal and operational negotiations.

Onward and upward...