Located in Downtown Littleton, Dirt is on a mission to bring you quality crafted coffee, food & drink while employing & empowering individuals with autism.
Dirt is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization
Did you know that 90% of individuals with autism are either unemployed or underemployed? Founded with the idea that people with differences deserve better, Dirt's mobile coffee truck hit the ground in 2013 on a mission to change minds and change lives one cup at a time. Since it's inception, our mobile truck has trained and employed 26 individuals with autism and related disabilities while providing over $32,000 in scholarships to families in need and their caregivers.
From the ground up, our shop will go further to cultivate a culture of acceptance, inclusion, and opportunity while empowering others to do the same. Are you in love yet? Dirt breaks the expectation that a good cause comes with a lack of quality. Our baristas are socially conscious and craft a damn good cup of coffee. What's in the cup is great, but what's beyond the cup is life changing.
Location Opening Soon
5767 S. Rapp St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Expected Hours of Operation
Lauren Burgess, Executive Director
Throughout her career, Lauren has founded organizations, like Dirt, with a mission to empower individuals living on the spectrum though community. She has served on a number of boards including Colorado's Coalition of Autism Professionals, Autism Society of Colorado, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Alliance. In 2016, Lauren was elected to serve as City Commissioner on Denver's Commission for People with Disabilities. While advocating for public policies that positively impact individuals with disabilities, she continues to serve as Chair and Executive Director of both Dirt and Garden.
Emily Wallace, Director of Employment
Emily began working with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2006. After attending a life-changing leadership conference that summer, Emily became President of Best Buddies Indianapolis and started volunteering with the state Applied Behavior Center. These experiences taught her about the gifts that individuals with autism possess and it was then that she knew she wanted to make a career out of serving people on the spectrum. After moving to Denver in 2013, Emily began working as a Behavior Therapist at Garden, where she teamed up with Lauren for the launch of Dirt. She has since received her Masters in Educational Technology and is currently overseeing Dirt's training and education programming.
Lauren Jennings, director of mobile operations
Lauren comes to the field with over four years of experience working with neurodiverse individuals. After graduating from the University of Colorado, she began planting her roots at Dirt. Hired on as a Barista and Job Coach, Lauren quickly took on a leadership role managing all mobile truck operations. She is passionate about running a socially and environmentally conscious business and has a vision for acceptance, independence and inclusion for all individuals with neurodiversities.
daniel boone, 2016 employee of the year
Daniel loves to make people smile and is passionate about trains. After graduating from high school, he began interning at Dirt and as they say, the rest is history. Dirt wouldn't be what it is today without Daniel. Whether he's dancing, singing or managing the pick up window, Daniel is sure to brighten up anyone's day. Next time you're in, make sure you say "hi" to Conductor Boone!
Ready to give beyond the cup? Help us build a culture of acceptance and inclusion. Your gift will allow us to open our doors and break down barriers for individuals with autism.
Ready to get involved? Whether it's serving on our Board of Directors, pouring a cup of coffee or mentoring a person with autism, there's a place for you at Dirt.
Are you a neurodiverse teen or adult ready to cultivate skills towards competitive and integrated employment? Then you're in the right place! Dirt offers individualized paid internships for individuals (16 and up) with autism and related disabilities. Work, learn and grow with Dirt!
Passionate about coffee & care about our cause? Join our neurodiverse team of socially conscious coffee connoisseurs! Full and part time positions available.
- Front End: Shop Manager, Barista, Job Coach
- Behind the Scenes: Marketing, Development, Administration