In London, England, 'Change Please' provides a solution for employing homeless youth in the form of a traveling coffee truck. The baristas serving up Brits' morning coffees each earn a living wage, making £9.15 an hour. The coffee is good quality, with beans from Tanzania and Rwanda, and more affordable than corporate coffee chains, making it an easy choice.
No previous experience is needed, simply a positive attitude and willingness to learn. Even more incredibly, the company will help employees rent properties by essentially co-signing to create trust with the landlord. The founder of 'Big Issue' magazine funds the project, the same magazine also supporting homeless employment through magazine sales positions.
This coffee truck project doesn't build more homeless shelters, but rather begins a systematic solution for employing the homeless by creating jobs specifically created with them in mind.
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