Coffee and Community for a Cause

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Jaywalker would be nothing without the Carbondale Community , which has looked us in the eye, embraced us, and given us a second chance.”
Bobby Ferguson, Founder of Jaywalker Lodge.”

Second Chances ! Without them, most of us in the Recovery community would be lost or worse. Bobby Ferguson’s second chance resulted in Jaywalker Lodge, which has been helping alcoholics and addicts realize theirs for the last nine years here in Carbondale. Bobby’s vision for Boomerang Coffee Company ( formerly the Blend) is multi-faceted. Boomerang will provide employment opportunities for clients, alumni, and others in the community. Those in recovery will have another safe place to socialize and integrate into the community. Finally, all net profits from Boomerang will support the efforts of A Way Out, an Aspen based non-profit which provides a “Hand-Up” to addicts in need. Executive Director, Liz Means, and several board members were on hand Thursday evening for the Grand re-opening celebration. Over 50 people were in attendance to enjoy great coffee, delicious food, and inspiring live music for a great cause.

The incredible food was provided by Louis’ Swiss Pastry and Mrs. Barr’s Natural Foods. Live music was provided by Boomerang barista, Matt Haslett and guitarist Mateo. Jaywalker’s own, Alumni Breton M., also provided great original music and songs. Former Blend owner and current consultant for Boomerang, Wade Newsome stated that today’s reopening was a “bittersweet transition, but mostly sweet.” Wade also said that he “always hoped this would be something bigger than just a coffee shop.” By all estimations Wade’s creation and vision is well on its way.

With Gratitude,

Mark Kloster
Alumni Coordinator

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