School year hours*: Open Monday -Friday 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. *Closed on school holidays & breaks
Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:30am-2:00pm Friday: 8:30am-11:00am
Located in Dirlam Lounge in Smith Chapel
Holy Grounds has some of the best coffee prices in the area and a great atmosphere to study or partake in delightful conversations.
Holy Grounds Beginnings:
Holy Grounds was envisioned to be a quiet and fun place for students and community members to come and have a delicious cup of coffee. Holy Grounds visionary was a man named Gordon Shea. Gordon was the Chaplain here at Simpson from 1994 to 2001 when he passed away. To honor his memory the President of Simpson, Kevin LaGree, helped fulfill Gordon’s dream by lending the chapel the money to get Holy Grounds started. Since then Holy Grounds has remained a non-profit coffee shop, committed to benefiting the local community, coffee farmers, and the environment while making enough money to repay our debt.
The Mission of Holy Grounds:
The mission of Holy Grounds is to provide hospitality for our campus community. Our goal is to provide students, faculty, staff and the Indianola community a place to gather and enjoy each others’ company. We also strive to be conscious of our global economic impact and environmental footprint by buying from sustainable farms and using green products and practices.
How it works:
Holy Grounds is a student-run business. The coffee shop manager position is a paid undergraduate assistantship overseen by the Smith Chapel Office Manager. The coffee shop manager is responsible for recruiting volunteers, ordering supplies, and promoting its’ mission.
Simpson College is known for its huge volunteer force which is what one will find at Holy Grounds. The baristas who serve the coffee are all volunteers comprised of students, staff, and faculty. Each volunteer works a few hours a week in order to serve those in the Simpson Community.
If you have any questions about Holy Grounds’ Selections, suggestions, or would like to volunteer with Holy Grounds, feel free to e-mail email@example.com or call 515-961-1610.
My name is Meredith McCay, and I am the manager of Holy Grounds Coffee Shop. My interest in Holy Grounds started when I volunteered there the beginning of my Sophomore year. I am a Senior and my major is Mathematics with minors in Secondary Education and Religion. I am really involved in my Church in Martensdale (which is the great thing about RLC: you can be involved here and at a local church!) and I drink a lot of coffee. If you have any questions about volunteering at the coffee shop or the coffee shop in general feel free to look me up!
Coffee Shop E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello my name is Lance Kramer. I am the assistant manager for Holy Grounds Coffee Shop. I got interested in Holy Grounds by getting involved in RLC. I am double majoring in Integrated Marketing Communication and Business Management. I love coffee and tea because it is a great way to socialize and keep me up to study. If you have any questions pending service opportunities or anything in general feel free to contact me!