UPerk is a community cultivating change through Christ’s love– for ALL people.

UPerk is a nonprofit café committed to making Tuscaloosa a stronger community. Proceeds and volunteer efforts benefit local nonprofits, so when you drink a latte, you’re really a hero making a difference. Good on ‘ya.

Love is at the center of all we do. From the food we serve, to the teas we brew, and the local causes we support, we do all we do with and in the name of love. No matter where you’re from, we’d love to see you at UPerk!

Jaye Lawson, General Manager

Jaye was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama, and moved to Tuscaloosa, where her love and passion for coffee began. She started her career working as a shift leader at a local coffee shop, after which she was recruited to be the Assistant Community Manager at UPerk. Within a year she was promoted to General Manager. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends, cooking, and spending time with her fur babies – Khloe and Indiana. Her favorite part about working at UPerk is building strong relationships with her customers and developing her craft!



2018-19 Table Setters

Lara Cuomo, Director of Vocational Programming:

Lara is a Junior at UA. She is from the Chicagoland area and loves cuddling up with a book and long walks out in nature. She is majoring in Math with a double minor in History and Liberal Arts.



Seth Eriksen, Director of Communication & Storytelling

Seth is a junior from the paradise on Earth of Delaware City, DE. He is majoring in English and Creative Media with a concentration in Creative Writing. In his free time he enjoys talking about his feelings and taking long walks on the beach.



Elise Turner, Director of Community Life & Outreach

Elise is a senior who will graduate in May with a major in Elementary and Special Education. She was born and raised in Leeds, Alabama- a small town near Birmingham. She loves animals, hiking, and spending time with her family.



Audrey Webb, Director of Worship & Evangelism

Audrey Webb is a sophomore from Forest, VA. She is majoring in English and Human Development with a concentration in Youth and Adolescent Development and a minor in Creative Writing. Audrey was born and raised a die-hard Presbyterian, and after graduation, she hopes to attend seminary to pursue a career in youth and/or camp ministry. Aside from being a camp counselor, her favorite thing to do is tap dance. All of her pets have names beginning with the letter T, and there are seven eyes between the four of them.

Britton Williams, Director of Congregational & Alumni Engagement

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Britton comes from a long line of proud Texans. After graduating high school in 2015, he enrolled at the University of Alabama to pursue a degree in economics and Spanish. After graduation, he hopes to work in public policy on the East Coast.

Our Partners

UPerk has partnered with a number of community businesses, non-profits, individuals, and corporations to make our dream a reality, including:

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katie farms
Bell Media

Our Space

Interested in renting UPerk for an event? UPerk offers space for community events, gatherings, study sessions, and more! We’ll even cater! Contact us here to get started.


405 20th Avenue, Suite 2
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 553-8505
[email protected]