UPDATE: AspenPointe celebrates opening and mission

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Yesterday, AspenPointe Enterprises (formerly Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group) opened a new café called The Justice Way Café, located inside the Douglas County Robert A. Christensen Justice Center in Castle Rock.

The expansion will be open for breakfast and lunch, with proceeds also benefiting the social enterprise's mission to teach disadvantaged people culinary skills.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 3:50 P.M., SEPT. 29, 2010 ——-

As we mentioned in Side Dish two weeks ago, AspenPointe Café is now open at 5069 N. Academy Blvd., operating in part as a social enterprise that puts disenfranchised people (who've sought the mental health organizations assistance) to work and teaches them culinary skills.

AspenPointe representatives are ready to cater your event or serve you at the new café.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • AspenPointe representatives are ready to cater your event or serve you at the new café.

Earlier today, AspenPointe held a grand opening celebration for the outfit, during which representatives spoke about the company's mission and purpose within our community. President Morris Roth called the opening "a dream come true," giving inspirational credit to a Seattle-based program called FareStart.

AspenPointe Café will serve walk-in business Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • AspenPointe Café will serve walk-in business Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chef Brandon Benjegerdes wants local eateries to know that AspenPointe isn't here to compete, but to create a strong labor force from which food-related businesses can hire with confidence. Of the disadvantaged folks he oversees, he says he's "never worked with a better team." He says he's also anxious to make community partners in the coming months.

Chef Brandon Benjegerdes came to the Springs from Washington D.C. and says hes ready to teach the folks that AspenPointe employs everything he knows about cooking.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Chef Brandon Benjegerdes came to the Springs from Washington D.C. and says he's ready to teach the folks that AspenPointe employs everything he knows about cooking.

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