SEATTLE - When people get their morning coffee at Street Bean Espresso in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, they may not realize there’s a story behind the brew.
The cafe gives homeless teens their first shot at a job. Jesse Davis with New Horizon Ministries runs Street Bean Espresso and it’s mission.
These young people are so ready to take advantage of an opportunity like this. There's a real hunger and real drive to be successful,” said Davis.
At age 17, Kelcy Lounsberry's adoptive parents kicked her out of the house in Port Orchard. Now she’s 21, a single mom with a 15-month-old baby boy and working in Street Bean Espresso’s 6-month-long job program.
"I wasn't one of those people on the streets doing drugs and partying not all of us are. Just needed a helping hand. It’s extremely stressful. It’s very stressful. County welfare doesn’t give enough and i’d rather be working for my money than living off the state,” said Lounsberry, a cafe intern.
A recent count by The United Way of King County found more than 777 homeless kids and young adults in King County ages 12 - 25.
When New Horizon Ministries started the job program at Street Bean Espresso in 2011, they worked with 15 young adults in the cafe job program. Ten of them finished and nine are currently living off the street.