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  • Seoul Metropolitan Government opens first Homeless Cafe

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    Photos of Homeless Cafe

    □ In the tradition of turning the homeless into hoteliers, street photographers, and farmers, Seoul Metropolitan Government has produced three coffee baristas this time.

    □ Three homeless turned into baristas work at the Seoul Metropolitan Government-supported Naesaenge (in my life) Espresso Homeless Café, the first of its kind ever attempted by a local government. They acquired barista grade 2 qualification following a three-month education program as part of a Seoul Metropolitan Government-run self-reliance program.

    □ Naesaenge Espresso Homeless Café is operated by Seoul Metropolitan Government to provide jobs to the homeless. At the first one opened in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Three homeless turned into baristas work under café manager Monk Yeondam of Bohyeon House (a philanthropic facility).

    □ On the first day of the trial operation of the café on July 29, it got good response from people. During lunch time (noon through 1:00 PM), people had to wait in line to be served. Four hundred-plus cups of coffee are sold on a good business day.

    □ Proceeds from the place will be used as funds for promoting the self-reliance of the homeless.

    • Location: Entrance to Bohyeon House in Yeongdeungpo-gu (94-31 Yeongdeungpo-dong 2-ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul)
    • Tel.: +82-2-2069-1600
    • Open: 9:30 AM ~ 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday
    • Menu: Espresso, Dutch Coffee, hand drip coffee, Americano, etc.
    • Price: 2,000~3,000 won per cup