Dark Matter Coffee is collaborating with a charity to open a new Logan Square coffeehouse with the intention of donating all net proceeds to promote suicide prevention. The unique concept is called Sip of Hope and should open in the spring at 3039 W. Fullerton Avenue (the former Dill Pickle Food Co-Op space). The shop will also staff trained volunteers who are mental health specialists.
Coffeeshops are often seen as community beacons, and Sip of Hope wants to shine to educate and lend a helping hand. It’s Dark Matter’s fifth location, and DNAinfo reported that they’ll supply some food to the shop. The money will go to Hope For The Day, a charity founded six years ago. Jonny Boucher, the man who started the nonprofit, has close ties to Dark Matter. He hopes that the new coffeeshop will encourage conversation on suicide, a topic that so many struggle addressing.
Organizers hopes to raise $250,000 for the shop, according to a news release. So far, they’ve raised more than $76,000. A fundraiser is planned for December 2, and those interested can buy a ticket for the event at the link.