Amazing Coffee Shop Hires Homeless Youths, Gives Them a ‘Second Chance’

Mar 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm |
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Purple Door Coffee is more than your average cup of Joe – this Denver coffee shop is giving hope and experience to homeless youths and young adults who are striving for a better life.

The name itself says it all. The color purple, which typically represents royalty, is meant to symbolize the value of every person passing over the threshold into the shop. Meaning, no matter who you are, or what your lot is in life, every person has “unsurpassable worth and value and deserves to be treated like royalty,” says the company’s website.

The coffee shop first opened its purple doors in April of 2013 – and the result has been astounding. They currently offers a 52-week curriculum geared at teaching employees life skills like budgeting and basic finance, all the way up to helping them improve their mental and physical health.

Purple Door not only offers the perfect training ground for employees to pick up a full array of new skills, but the space also provides a meeting place where the community can come in and embrace the ideals being promoted.

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Co-founders and directors Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud offer three homeless teens or young adults a job for an entire year, NBC 9 News in Denver reports. “In Denver there are an estimated 2,000 homeless teens and young adults annually. Why? Why would somehow who’s 13, 14, 15 be homeless? No one [this age] should be homeless,” says Chandler.

“It’s not defined by their successes or their failures, but the fact that they’re human.”

The shop even keeps a blog updating its followers on the community going ons, as well as its current employees.

“Purple door is wonderful and gave me a shot to work in a place I never thought I would ever see myself in,” writes one of their first employees, Marcus. “It is a place for improvement and visions. A place that makes me feel home and family.”

Purple Door Coffee from Purple Door Coffee on Vimeo.

You won’t believe what Purple Door is accomplishing – one cup of coffee at a time.