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Sara Haner, 206.714.3304, email@example.com
Events and Marketing Manager, Housing Hope
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Public Relations Manager, Cocoon House
New Year, New Opportunity! CafeWorks Grand Opening Scheduled for Jan. 8
(Everett, Wash.) New year, new cafe, new opportunities for homeless youth in Snohomish County. On Friday, Jan. 8, CafeWorks in Everett is holding its grand opening celebration, featuring coffee, free samples, and a look at the new space that is now officially open to the public.
CafeWorks, a collaboration between HopeWorks, Cocoon House and Housing Hope, features a full espresso bar, fresh pastries and sandwiches. But the best feature of the new space isn’t the coffee, it’s the opportunity the cafe provides. Through an innovative internship program, the cafe employs at-risk teens from Cocoon House and teens from Housing Hope’s young parent program.
“The internship program is what makes CafeWorks so special,” says Ross Latham, Chief Operating Officer at HopeWorks. “A customer isn’t just purchasing great coffee; they’re investing in the youth in our community.”
The new interns begin in early January, and will be greeting guests and serving coffee at the grand opening on Jan. 8.
“Through an internship at CafeWorks, Cocoon House teens will learn culinary, customer service and café management skills in a supportive environment,” says Joe Alonzo, Chief Program Officer at Cocoon House. “This program is creating a brighter future for our teens.”
The grand opening is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.
CafeWorks is the newest social enterprise project from HopeWorks, an organization that evolved from Housing Hope’s goal to provide job readiness, counseling, internships and work experience to low income individuals and people experiencing homelessness. HopeWorks engages Housing Hope residents in internships in one of several social enterprises, including GroundWorks Landscaping Services, WaterWorks Irrigation Services, ReNewWorks Home & Decor Store, and now CafeWorks, a coffee shop serving the Everett community.
CafeWorks is located at HopeWorks Station at 3331 Broadway in Everett. The grand opening is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.
About HopeWorks Social Enterprises
HopeWorks Social Enterprises is an affiliate of Housing Hope, and was launched in January 2011 with the goal of helping families gain skills and training for “in demand” jobs to enable them to start towards a living wage career. HopeWorks creates and operates social enterprise businesses designed to provide jobs and internships for families experiencing and at risk of homelessness residing in low-income housing. HopeWorks currently owns and operates four businesses where lots of great training and education happens through paid internships.
About Housing Hope
Housing Hope, founded in 1987, recognizes that safe, decent and affordable housing is only the first step in solving poverty for struggling families. The innovative concept to provide a full range of housing with housing-related support services is a hallmark of the Housing Hope mission. Housing Hope combines affordable housing with tailored services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment services. Housing Hope also offers homeownership opportunities for low-income individuals of Snohomish County and Camano Island. Housing Hope’s website is www.housinghope.org
About Cocoon House
Cocoon House empowers young people, families and the community to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach, housing and prevention. Since 1991, Cocoon House has been the only organization in Snohomish County that focuses exclusively on teen homelessness. We believe that every young person in our community should be safe and thriving. Combined, our programs have served over 1,500 youth in our FY14. For additional information please contact Cocoon House at 425-259-5802 or visit www.cocoonhouse.org