Hey all! We are trying to start a very much needed, “third place” – . In the rural area where Dayton First Church of God is found, the only informal, neutral-ground hangouts are bars. While this is beneficial to a select few, it does not provide a place for families or adolescents to connect. On a similar note, in rural communities such as this, there is not much to keep the adolescent community engaged, leading to misbehavior, petty crimes, and drug use. There is a dire need for a healthy informal third place in an area where drug problems run rampant, suicide rates are higher than the norm, women are at higher risk for abuse, and the economic state is in constant decline. Multiple studies have shown that a healthy and intentional third place creates a thriving social capital. And a thriving social capital leads to communities that are more economically successful, educationally sound, and healthier – physically and mentally. People need to connect to other people so that a community can truly thrive. This coffee shop will create an ideal space for that to happen. It's not JUST a coffee shop. It will be an intentional space - meant for gathering and staying, meant for young and old, farmer and doctor. It will be a local stop for evening events and gatherings. And all profits will be poured back into the community by hosting community events or investing in local business.
We are already working on hosting Outdoor Movie Nights in the Park and other potential events to create community connections!
Help us turn this community upside down!