28 Sep '15, 8pm

In Melbourne, Long Street Cafe Pairs Coffee With Meaningful Social Change

Currently, Long Street is made up of a staff of five: the Marxes, a chef, and two trainees from The Gambia and Iran. The process works like this: first, the Marxes receive resumes by local organizations the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Brotherhood of St Laurence . They then go through these organizations to ensure that the trainees they hire have appropriate work rights and are mentally and physically ready to learn and be employable in a competitive cafe scene with high expectations of staff. According to Jane Marx, asylum seekers and refugees hear about Long Street and go to the cafe looking for work weekly, but it’s important to the Marxes to go through the appropriate channels, both for the smooth running of their business and to be able to train people who are ready to work. Often people who have experienced trauma require other services before they are work-read...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/in-melbourne-long-street-cafe-pairs-co...

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