ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) – Beyond the brews at Cahoots Coffee Café, it serves as a place for young people in the Angola community to come together to express their talents.
Café manager, Marie Barge, describes Cahoots as a “safe, non-threatening, nonjudgmental venue to share their talents, develop meaningful relationships with caring adults and peers, and cultivate their unique gifts.”
“When I started going it was every single Wednesday. My mom would drop me off with my sister and we would just hang out and talk about life, and things we’re struggling through. And the baristas at the time here would sit down with us and talk to us about how we’re doing emotionally,” says Kayli Wade.
Wade used to come to Cahoots in her teenage years, but now she is a barista giving back to her “home.”
“I want them to know that this a public place for emotions, and to like help them through everything they’re going through, and like they’re not alone,” says Wade.
Cahoots Coffee Café was established in 2005. The café is an independent nonprofit, in collaboration with the Angola Congregational Church and Angola Methodist Church.
Barge says she has noticed Cahoots gives back to the community, too. Groups meet at the café during the day, and at night you can find open mics, poetry slams, and game nights.
Cahoots serves as a spot for their Tell It Like It Is program, the safe place for a counseling session, or, of course, grabbing a cup of coffee or light snack.
“During school breaks and bad weather days, Cahoots offers a lunch for school children. Cahoots Coffee Cafe offers more than great coffee drinks and delicious baked items. It offers old fashioned interaction with others, building a strong community. We are supported through our drink & food sales, grants and donations,” says Barge.