In the coming weeks, Work Options for Women (WOW), will pull the plug on downtown Denver's Cafe Options, reports Westword. For six years, Cafe Options has served for as training ground for women at risk for poverty. Otherwise disenfranchised women learned first-hand the ropes of working in the restaurant industry. Participants first completed a core training program and then utilized Cafe Options as real world practice.
Cafe Options' impending close should not be seen as a failure to the organization, says WOW's executive director Catherine Henry. The organization has accomplished its goals of providing advanced training to women who need it and establishing a name for itself in Denver.
There are other avenues for WOW to continue advanced training here in Denver, including the WOW Cafeteria at the Denver Department of Human Services building. With exemplary female role models like chef Carrie Shores (formerly of Table 6) to work with, the WOW Cafeteria will serve as replacement training grounds for Cafe Options as well as provide community outreach opportunities. Other options for WOW include the catering arm, which will be expanding production and scope in the near future.