Purple Door Coffee, located in Denver Colorado, is more than your average “cup of Joe”. Thinking beyond of the boundaries of a simple paycheck, this coffee shop is giving hope and experience to homeless youths and young adults who are striving for a better life.
Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud co-founded Purple Door Coffee, which is a nonprofit that employs young people “who have been homeless and want to leave homelessness behind.” Their shop provides a 52-week curriculum, teaching employees practical skills as well as the know-how to improve their physical, emotional and mental health.
And the fancy name 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, every person has “unsurpassable worth and value and deserves to be treated like royalty,” (says the company’s website).
They 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.
“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 like I am at home and with family.”
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