Charleston Latte Art Throwdown
Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters announces Benefit Latte Art Throwdown co-hosted with Balzac Brothers & Company
Featuring a public raffle with proceeds benefiting One80 Place in Charleston
October 2023; Charleston, SC — On October 26, 2023 Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters will be hosting a latte art throwdown at its Charleston location (375 King St. Charleston, SC 29401) with Balzac Brothers & Company. The competition is open to all local baristas and there is a $5 sign up fee. The winner will receive the entry pot and a gift package from Acaia Coffee Brewing Systems. Second and third place winners will receive gifts from Brewista Coffee Equipment and Chemex respectively. Sign ups begin at 6:30 PM with the competition beginning at 7:00 PM.
Throughout the competition there will be a public raffle with 100% of the proceeds benefiting One80 Place. Raffle items include contributions from Hario, Candlefish, Images Art Gallery, Tijon, Earth Fare, Bistronomy by Nico, Point Break Coffee & Drive Thru, Bodum Coffee, and Brewista
The competition is free for the public to watch and will be live-streamed on the Mudhouse social media channels.
If you have questions about participation please email email@example.com.
ABOUT MUDHOUSE SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS
Starting from a coffee cart over 30 years ago, Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters has grown into a multi-cafe business with an award-winning roastery and experimental coffee farm in Volcan Baru, Panama. Winner of Roast Magazine’s Micro Roaster of the Year, multiple Good Food Awards, and a triple medalist in the Golden Bean 2023—Mudhouse is founded on the pledge to source coffees that are of exceptional quality and are grown in a socially responsible and ecologically sustainable manner. Mudhouse fosters direct trade relationships with dedicated farmers and producers around the world and builds relationships of trust and understanding with their importers. They are based in Charlottesville, VA and opened their Charleston location in 2023.
ABOUT BALZAC BROTHER AND COMPANY
Balzac Brothers is a small, independent, 4th generation family owned and operated green coffee importer. They have cultivated relationships with their producing partners for over a century and can leverage their wide range of direct origin connections to provide truly sustainable, responsible, and traceable value to customers all around North America.
ABOUT ONE80 PLACE
One80 Place provides temporary, transitional, and permanent housing and supportive services to homeless men, women, Veterans, and families. They are the largest provider of supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in South Carolina and operate in 20 counties. One80 Place programming includes counseling and case management, community kitchen and food rescues, a health clinic, legal services, employment and educational services, veterans services, eviction prevention programs, and housing assistance. All of these are integrated to help folks return to self-sufficiency.
One80 Place’s original shelter opened in 1984, and they are presently located at 35 Walnut St. In the future they plan to have a location at 573 Meeting Street which will house 70 units of affordable housing, new family shelter, and One80 eats.
One80 Place Mission and Brief Background
- One80 Place's mission is to end and prevent homelessness. Our vision is that everyone has a home.
- Founded in 1984, One80 Place is one of the largest providers of shelter and supportive services in SC for men, women, families, and Veterans that are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
- One80 Place runs a shelter and service center in downtown Charleston, SC, two satellite offices in Charleston, SC and Columbia, SC, and serves 20 counties within the Lowcountry and Midlands regions of SC.
- By meeting the immediate basic needs for homeless individuals, it allows them to address their specific barriers to housing.
- Beyond shelter, each client of One80 Place works with an experienced clinician on their individual housing plan while being provided access to supportive services to further encourage self-sufficiency. These services include a Community Kitchen providing three meals daily, a health clinic, legal services, employment assistance, and Veterans services. Clients are also provided with hygiene kits and new clothing and undergarments.
- One80 Place Case Managers and Housing Navigators assist clients in finding affordable housing, act as landlord liaisons, provide life skills services, assist with financial assistance for housing, and much more.
- For clients at risk of homelessness, One80 Place provides an Eviction Protection Program that provides legal services and guidance through the eviction process with the ultimate goal of keeping individuals and families in their homes.
Most recently, in FY22 (July 2, 2021 - June 30, 2022), One80Place:
-Served 1,696 people;
-Ended homelessness for 945 people, including 488 Veterans;
-Prevented homelessness for 482 people;
-sheltered 425 people;
-Rescued 158,437 pounds of food and served 90,501 meals
-Resolved 619 legal issues;
-Provided 2,245 medical services
Lowcountry Continuum of Care, Outreach, and Housing Crisis Line
- One80 Place is the leading partner agency of the Lowcountry Continuum of Care (CoC), a network of local homeless services providers that work together to end and prevent homelessness.
- The CoC manages a Housing Crisis Line, in partnership with SC 211, that is an entry point for those in need of assistance.
- According to the data from the Housing Crisis Line's Annual Report last year (2022), 8,069 calls were made by people in need of help. The highest needs of those that called were for shelter and financial rental assistance.
- Of the income information collected from these callers, 48% had no income, 49% were extremely low income, and 3% were very low or low income, based on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's FY23 Income Limits for the Charleston-North Charleston area.
All of the clients of One80 Place fall into the category of very low or extremely low income and are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. We know that the continuing rise in cost of living in Charleston and lack of affordable housing attributes to much of the need and we work to provide assistance in finding our clients appropriate housing, to increase their income, and provide other support for them to build a foundation to become self-sufficient and maintain their housing.
Barriers and Wrap Around Services Helping to Break Barriers
- In addition to the lack of affordable housing in our community that contributes to homelessness, other large barriers for people experiencing poverty in our area include lack of health insurance/affordable healthcare, existing legal issues, lack of sustainable income, affordable childcare, and simply having to choose between several of these things, like food, shelter, or one's health, in order to make ends meet. One80 Place addresses these barriers through programs designed to specifically for these types of issues.
- One80 Place Clinic provides free health care to clients on-site through a Health Clinic Director, four health care navigators, a volunteer medical director, and nursing students. Clinic services include: primary health care; prescription medication assistance and management; lab work (provided by Roper St. Francis Healthcare); mental health care; and referrals for specialty health services.
- One80 Place Legal Services provides free legal help to clients through two on-staff attorneys and a paralegal. They break barriers to housing stability by helping clients navigate complex systems, advocating for their rights, and providing access to justice. The most common issues that our legal team resolves for clients are: social security, disability, and Veterans benefits; Identification and Vital records; Landlord and Tenant; and Family Law.
- One80 Place Community Kitchen rescues over 150,000 pounds of food and turns it into around 90,000 meals throughout the year for families and individuals experiencing hunger. One80 Place's Community Kitchen is open every day of the year and serves three meals daily to clients living at our shelter and lunch is open to anyone in the community in need of a hot meal. Ultimately, One80 Place's Community Kitchen achieves the following:
- Minimizes hunger to make our community stronger, save lives, and allows those experiencing homelessness to be able to better focus on housing with one of their basic needs met.
- Rescues food from area restaurants and grocery stores that would otherwise go to waste, saving community resources, and turning them into nutritious meals.
- Provides the opportunity for staff to perform outreach and link individuals and families that come for lunch, but are not staying at the shelter, with resources.
- Provides a state of the art space for One80 Place Training (our five week culinary training program) which provides needed employment and income for clients.
- Provides meaningful opportunities for members of the community to engage with and serve meals to individuals and families experiencing homelessness through our volunteer program.
One80 Place Case Managers work with clients to help them increase their income and educate themselves on money management. Case Managers help families with access to free childcare, summer camps, and parenting tools workshops
Special Thank You
Balzac Brothers, Andrew Curry, Alex Blake Photography