Seattle coffee shop brews better future for teens

KING 5's Ryan Takeo reports.

SEATTLE -- A new Seattle coffee shop is helping homeless teens get on their feet.  

Thalia Jaca, 19, works at Street Bean Coffee in Seattle. She's been homeless for at least a year.

She's one of eight apprentices at the Seattle coffee shop's University District store, which opens Monday.

Street bean is part of New Horizons Ministries, a group that helps homeless teens with housing, case management and job training.

"An apprentice might not have been trusted with much and so to be able to maybe be given a key, may be trusted to open. That's a big deal," says Jesse Smith, of Street Bean Coffee.

Jaca says of her experience, "A good environment can be that motivation because I haven't had that in so long and I've just been craving it. I'm just craving a good environment to be encouraging and healthy."


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