Our Mission

Curt’s Café improves outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training.

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Curt's Team

We are dedicated to providing quality training to underserved young adults and providing quality food service.

Karli M. Butler

Social Service Provider

Rick Marsh

Board President

Trudyann Smith



The Big Dream

This is the moment when our confidence in the “Proven Program” allows us to aspire to the “Big Dream” of expanding the proven program.

Curt’s Café Highland Park

Two years ago, a team from the organization, Open Communities, took on the goal of making social change in their community.  Their desired method was to open a Curt’s Café in Highland Park (CC3).  We hope CC3 will become the location of our next cafe, increasing the number of young adults Curt’s Café serves. The amazing and committed professionals at Open Communities have already worked for a full year introducing the idea to the community. Now they are focused on fundraising!  Hitting a $250,000 financial goal will cover much of the fundraising costs for CC3’s first year.  We are hopeful we can reach our goal by the summer of 2018!   Your help is always appreciated.

Curt’s Café Graduate Program

In 2017 we put processes and staff in place to begin the development of a program to accommodate the needs of our Graduate Students.  During our five years of operation, we realized the graduate students required additional Social Services, so we hired a Trauma Informed Social Worker to help with those challenges.  We also knew the graduates needed more support on their next steps in life such as getting into college, a higher paying job, or a better apartment.  We are continuing to grow this program, starting with developing a strong curriculum base that is supported by real life experiential trips to address the needs of the Graduates.

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2922 Central Street | Evanston | (847) 868-8385
Mon - Fri
7:30am - 3:30pm
8:00am - 3pm


1813 Dempster Street | Evanston | (847) 563-8883
Mon - Fri
8:00am - 3:30pm
Sat & Sun

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