Denver coffee shop gives jobs to homeless young adults – 9NEWS.com
Hidden on the edge one of Denver’s most colorful neighborhoods, the color purple is making a name for itself. 9NEWS at 10 p.m. 03/22/15.
Jonathan Gonzalez, 10:38 p.m. MDT March 22, 2015The outside of the Purple Door coffee shop(Photo: Chris Cheline, KUSA)DENVER – Hidden on the edge one of Denver’s most colorful neighborhoods, the color purple is making a name for itself.It’s the color of the front door at The Purple Door coffee shop, a place that does so much more sell than coffee and tea.”The reason they call this place Purple Door Coffee is because back in the day purple … was for royalty,” said Jenna Williams, who has been working at the coffee shop for close to one year. “It had high value, and so whenever you walk through that door, anyone, they should know you have worth, you have value.”But it’s the people behind the counter who are benefiting the most from finding their worth and value. The people taking orders and serving coffee were all homeless.”They’ve given me so many second chances, like, they’ve taught me what it is to have a real a job,” Jenna said, a 23-year-old who had been living on the streets since she was 15. “It’s all about love. We’re not just a business, we’re not just a coffee shop. We are a family.”AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe Purple Door takes in young adults, three at a time, and gives them a job for one year. It’s a non-profit that also helps them find a place to live, giving them a chance to reenter a stable life.It’s the brainchild of co-founders Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud, who opened the coffee shop, which is about to celebrate its two-year anniversary.”Street kids — it’s just such a distinct culture, that they needed something that was very specific to them,” Mark said. “I saw a hope that was present there that like had been squashed out so much, but they kind of constantly said ‘No. I’m still going to be hopeful.'””It is unique. This is a unique … – Click Here To Visit Article Source