In Business: Kaffe Havn Serves Coffee With A Purpose

In Business: Kaffe Havn Serves Coffee With A Purpose


RANGERS BEAT THEM 3-2.>>Dennis: ANOTHER OVERTIME LOSS.>>A.J. Feldman: ANOTHER OVERTIME LOSS.>>Dennis: THANKS. A.J.>>>A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS THAT PRODUCES AND PROVIDES HIGH QUALITY ROASTED COFFEE ALSO PROVIDES EMPLOYMENT TO A SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE. FOR THIS WEEK’S “IN BUSINESS,” REPORTER DESTINY WIGGINS TELLS US WHO THAT GROUP IS AND HOW THIS BUSINESS IS MAKING A CHANGE.>>Reporter: COFFEE HARBORBIN IS A — COFFEE HOBBIN IS A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS. THEY PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH PERSISTENT MENTAL ILLNESS THAT MAY HAVE TROUBLE MAINTAINING EMPLOYMENT.>>I WAS AN EXECUTIVE MANAGER OVER AT A LONG-TERM ADULT FOSTER CARE FOR FOLKS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. WE WERE LOOKING FOR VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. A LOT OF OUR FOLKS DIDN’T HAVE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY FOR EMPLOYMENT. AND WE CREATED THIS AS VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR FOLKS OVER THERE. ROAR THE BUSINESS OFFERS SPECIALTY COFFEES TO RESTAURANTS, GROCERY STORES AND ANYONE WANTING TO MAKE A PURCHASE. THIS COFFEE BUSINESS OFFERS MORE THAN JUST COFFEE. IT OFFERS COFFEE WITH A PURPOSE>>EVERYBODY NEEDS A REASON TO GET OUT OF BED, SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO, SOMETHING THAT THEY GET EXCITED ABOUT AND THIS PROVIDES THAT FOR OUR RESIDENTS THEY COME OVER HERE AND THEY WORK, THEY GET FUN COFFEE BREAK WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND EARN EXTRA MONEY THAT ULTIMATELY IS REALLY HELPFUL TO THEM.>>Reporter: MOST OF THE EMPLOYEES THAT WORK HERE LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. THE BUSINESS SAYS THEY LIKE TO PROVIDE THIS OPPORTUNITY APPROXIMATE AS A WAY FOR EMPLOYEES TO EARN MONEY AND SEE THEM HAVE FUN DOING IT.>>THIS IS GOOD COFFEE.>>Reporter: AND IT’S GOOD COFFEE. EACH EMPLOYEE IS ASSIGNED A JOB FOR THE DAY WHICH MAKES THE CARVE-MAKING PROCESS FUN, INTERACTIVE AND EXCITING.>>PUTTING ON CHRISTMAS TAGS, PUTTING ON KINDS OF COFFEE LABELS.>>WE’RE ALL RESPONSIBLE AND WE’RE ALWAYS CAREFUL HOW WE BAG UP COFFEE AND STUFF. I REALLY LIKE WORKING HERE BECAUSE IT’S A LOT OF FUN.>>AND IT’S GOOD, TOO. I CAN MAKE A LITTLE MONEY.>>Reporter: THE LACK OF JOBS THAT ARE OFFERED AND EQUIPPED TO THOSE WHO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES ARE EITHER LIMITED OR NOT AVAILABLE. BUT ONE STATEMENT THAT STILL REMAINS TRUE IS THAT THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM AN ILLNESS ARE PEOPLE FIRST AND THAT IS SOMETHING THIS BUSINESS RECOGNIZES. REPORTING IN WALKER, DESTINY

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