Safe Space for Mental Health...

So, I am no super-foodie nor fancy-bag owner, and this post is not to recount the incredible lives lived by both Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade (both being so respected in their fields). However, these two recent, tragic passings bring up reminders of how important mental health is. 

Our organization recently held our first board meeting as a nonprofit. We voted in our official purpose statement quoted here: 

To foster a diverse, participatory community, while providing nutritious meals, educational opportunities, creative outlets, and a safe space regardless of means

We take the "safe space" part of our mission statement very seriously. Not only does this mean having a physical building to come to when you have no where else to go, but it means we would like to be an avenue to find whatever you may need for basic survival and/or to feel safe. Too often mental health is not lumped in to the “basic needs for survival” category. We believe that should change.

Currently we do not yet have a space for our community to physically be or for people to come to. However, we are slowly building up a network of safe people with different passions and expertise to contact. Below we have found and listed a couple free access numbers to call or text: 

Also, speaking now to mental health professionals, if you would like to offer your services as a resource for our organization, please contact us at  

Thanks for reading, and, finally, if you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties and you’re not sure where to look, please contact us or one of the numbers listed above. We’d be happy to help in any way we can. 


Okay, I know 2017 wasn't that long ago, but our non-profit situation has grown like crazy since our first sale on May 29th of last year. It was our first try at using the "pay-what-you-can" model and it worked! We were able to chat about our project, to share our delicious cold brew (sometimes for free) and donate $24 to the YMCA! This may seem small, but we covered 100% of our costs and had positive revenue which went to our cause for the day, The YMCA of Chicago. This was an incredibly positive business learning experience (and it was fun!). 

Since then, we've had dozens of sales which have all covered our costs and then some. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of our growth. We look forward to updating you here on this blog page. My name's Meg and I'll be writing the first few posts. Then I'll be asking some contributors to tell you all about their Tandem Way Cafe experience as well as some projects they're working on to contribute to a baller world community. Let's do this together guys! Happy Memorial Day weekend, hope to see you at the sale on Saturday! 

Check our twitter account for live updates: @tandemwaycafe