Seoul Metropolitan Government opens first Homeless Cafe
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.