Please give me a second chance

I saw this post over the weekend – Denver Coffee Shop Hires Homeless Youth, Gives Them Second Chance ‘No One Else Would’.    Yep, the Purple Door coffee shop takes in homeless teens and young adults three at a time and provides them with a job for one year.  They have a 52-week training program that teaches a diversity of skills, including financial budgets and projections, while interacting with mentors and encouraging customers. Even the name has a focused meaning.  “Our name comes from the fact that historically the color purple is the color of royalty, and we truly believe … Read More

Healthy, Homeless and Happy

Can these three terms really go together?  A couple of years ago Joanne and I went to a Christmas party for Leaving the Cocoon, a local non-profit organization.  As part of their work some of the volunteers often take food to the homeless here in Nashville.  One of the gentlemen they see there just looked the part of a Santa Claus.  While he had never dressed up or grown a beard to look like Santa, his daily presentation made him a natural choice.  He resisted when first asked but then relented under the charms of the ladies serving him food. … Read More