We are coming up on the 1 Year Birthday of the Purpose Coffee Tasting Room in Dalhart! The year went by so incredibly fast… but as I look back at all that we’ve been able to accomplish with your support, it’s hard to believe it has only been a year.
It’s been a year of shared stories, laughter, prayers, a few tears, and so many cups of coffee. And we’re so thankful that you’ve joined us on this journey. As we approach our official 1 Year Birthday Party – which you’re invited to, by the way – I wanted to take some time to share all that happened in Year 1, and some of the things we have in store for Year 2. Like I said… this year has been so much – so I’ll break this into a few different posts over the next few weeks.
The Purpose Market
It seems like such an obvious place to start. The Purpose Market has been a huge force during this first year. A lot of work, from a lot of people…. but we have enjoyed the season so immensely. We’ve seen many new faces, connected with new people, and loved seeing the community come together to fellowship, play, and celebrate our local goods, businesses, and causes.
We wanted the Market to be a force for good. As the season has progressed, it has been so neat to see the causes that have been involved and benefited. Our local fire department and police department battled it out for donations in the Battle of the Badges to support CareNet. The Panhandle chapter of Relay For Life joined the Market, and Hilmar gave out grilled cheeses to raise money for Relay For Life. We held a baking contest, raising $250 for our local United Way. The Dallam-Hartley County Hospital District has been at each of our big markets sharing important safety information and giving out goods to our community. One of our vendors donated part of the proceeds to the Texline Special Education Program. Another vendor, Esther + Ruth, donate a portion of their proceeds to support missionaries in Africa. And several other vendors have donated to support the Market and our Child Wellness Fund. Our last two BIG Markets have a charitable focus behind them…. this week we want to Support Our Schools and in October we want to Feed Dalhart at our annual Run for a Purpose. We’ll be collecting supplies for our local schools, and then collecting cans for the Lincoln Street Food Pantry.
Our Trees, Our Future
And, the Purpose Coffee Team is excited to send our proceeds from the Market season to our partners working on the ground. It will bring our grand total of giving to over $70,000!
This week, we are sending funds to support our long-time partner Our Trees, Our Future. Much like Purpose Coffee, they are a social enterprise, operating in Uganda. They use their business as an outreach tool and way to fight cyclical poverty. By providing fruit trees to impoverished families – and also teaching them how to care for the plants and take their product to market – families are able to generate enough income to send their kids to school.
We are also sending a portion of our Market proceeds to Ziyada. This has been one of our most exciting new partnerships from Year 1. Ziyada, which operates in India, is owned by Dalhart-native Mallary Lloyd Covington, her husband, and other partners. Their company makes beautiful home goods, using gorgeous and vibrant fabrics mixed with hand embroidery. (Come by the shop to see a selection of their products!)
Their company name means More – and that’s exactly what they hope to bring to the people they work with. They truly invest in their lives, providing meaningful employment in a safe, loving environment for people caught in the devastating cycle of extreme poverty in North India.
We will be supporting a roof top garden they are starting, which will provide fresh and nutritious produce for the people they work with.
If you haven’t made it to one of the Markets yet, I hope you will soon! Here’s our upcoming schedule:
September 2 – Support Our Schools, bring school supplies to donate
September 16 – Purpose Coffee’s 1 Year Birthday, cooking demo, and kids crafts
October 7 – (Note – this market will be held at the Coliseum!) Run for a Purpose 10k / 5k / Fun Run and Pancake breakfast. Bring cans for the Lincoln Street Food Pantry