27 Apr '17, 3pm

New Opportunities For Denver's Homeless Youth At Purple Door's Roastery via @sprudge

Purple Door Coffee in Denver has officially added a roastery. Like the namesake cafe in its fourth year of operation, the Purple Door roastery will employ people experiencing homelessness in an effort to empower them to reclaim their lives through supportive and meaningful employment in the specialty coffee industry. Director of Organizational Direction Mark Smesrud acts as the non-profit’s head roaster and trainer for all things coffee, and is also the one connecting coffee to Purple Door’s greater mission in hopes that the organization’s model can incite sustainable change. Mark Smesrud has a laugh at the Purple Door roastery Of Purple Door’s 18 employees over the past four years, 17 have successfully exited homelessness. But despite this high rate, adapting to the life of a busy barista has left some staff members struggling. With that in mind, the intended roles for th...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/new-opportunities-for-denvers-homeless...

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