The Center for Sharing’s offices are housed in ‘The Collegium’ which was built in 2008 to function as a community center for the Tierra Vida community, while at the same time offering a ‘third place’ where strangers come for many different reasons. Here people can casually meet, get to know each other while over time developing stronger social networks and a deeper sense of community in a cafe setting.
The Collegium Cafe
The Collegium Cafe is not only a cafe, but also serves as a Work Readiness Training Program that places an emphasis on individual skill building and accountability in a supportive environment. The Cafe manager and Center for Sharing staff work with participants in the areas of job training, personal and spiritual development, academic education, and potential job placement. This is an effort to increase self-sufficiency, obtain new job skills, develop resumes, explore career path ideas, and find a new beginning to a life with more meaning and purpose.