Julius, the now 23 year-old owner of Second Shot Coffee in London wanted to break down the misconceptions about homelessness. So, he dropped out of his university and opened a cafe to help homeless people get back on their feet.
"People are intrinsically good if given the opportunity, and I think our job is about helping other people escape that negative cycle," the young owner said. The cafe, Second Shot Coffee, works with trainees one-on-one to give focus to that individual's needs.
When someone first comes in, they train directly with Julius to build confidence until the point when they are ready to transition into what they would like to do afterward.
"When you come in, you shouldn't know if the person serving you is somebody who has been in the industry for ten years or someone who is just getting their life back together," Julius said.
Through training at the cafe, those going through homelessness are able to not just learn how to make coffee but gain experience working with others.
The coffee shop has also created a "Pay it Forward" program to offer food and drink to those who need a meal. Through their customers and community paying it forward, the coffee shop has given away over 7,000 drinks and 5,000 meals.
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