Monday, December 6, 2010

Homeless shelter opens coffee shop

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM

"The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the largest homeless shelter in the Southeastern US located [at 477] Peachtree St. in downtown Atlanta, has opened a coffee shop, Blend," reports Matthew Cardinale of Atlanta Progressive News.

Cardinale goes on to write:

Blend offers free Wi-fi to anyone with a laptop....Coffee, water, cakes, and pastries are available, although there is no set price for any item. Blend asks that customers donate whatever they can.

"We have churches, synagogues, and mosques promising to bring pastries," Jim Beaty, who manages the coffee shop, told Atlanta Progressive News.

"You can't purchase anything. You can come in and we simply ask if you're able to, to give a donation," Beaty said.

The coffee shop is staffed by volunteers but seeks cash donations in order to pay shelter residents salaries. It's also in need of "nicer coffee makers; more varieties of coffee; floor lamps; table lamps; small round tables; coat racks; refrigerators; garbage cans; and things like cups, napkins, and spoons."

Call 404-230-5000. Wouldn't this make a great holiday project for local restaurants?

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