Quaker City Coffee Company partners with Redemption Housing to reduce recidivism in Philadelphia.
Redemption Housing seeks to address the cycle of recidivism through holistic programming and healthy relationships, bringing healing and restoration to those affected by incarceration.
When they are released, returning citizens require support circles to properly break free of crime, addiction, and homelessness. A faith-based organization, Redemption Housing is proud to offer this support to West Philadelphia’s returning citizens. Volunteers of the organization care for residents’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, and they affirm each resident’s humanity in a nurturing and hospitable environment.
In the fall of 2017, Redemption Housing will open the doors of its first supportive housing community. The vision is for this facility to offer safe and supportive housing for returning citizens in West Philadelphia, with an understanding that given the stringent housing limitations placed on returning citizens, many individuals with convictions are rendered homeless. Redemption Housing’s targeted population for this home is men who have been released from prison within the past five years and have a stable income.
For every purchase of Quaker City Coffee, we donate $1 to Redemption Housing.
Pictured : Dermot, Bobby, Christian, Zach
Since our launch in the beginning of 2017 the Quaker City Coffee team has hit the ground running and has not stopped! Quaker City Coffee has developed into more than just great coffee that create jobs, it has slowly become a movement in the community.
Recently, the founding members of Quaker City traveled to Washington, DC to compete with over 1,100 developing businesses from around the country for one of only a few Creator Awards from WeWork. Founders, Bobby Logue and Christian Dennis fearlessly shared the mission of Quaker City Coffee to various panels for many rounds. The two put on fantastic and heartfelt pitches to judges from across the country. The founders were able to maintain their momentum and stamina through the rounds.
One onlooker said, “When Bobby and Christian spoke, you just knew that they meant what they were saying; they were not just preaching to get money. The Philly team showed that they live the message of Quaker City and genuinely aim to create a better Philadelphia.”
The night rounded out with great success, the duo made it to the last round, and for one last time provided a 60-second pitch before a crowd of hundreds. Once again Bobby and Christian conveyed the mission of Quaker City Coffee and received a standing ovation. After a half hour of deliberation, it was announced that Quaker City Coffee Company was a winner of a $72,000 grant!
Every cent of this grant will go towards creating more jobs for Philadelphia’s returning citizens. As a team, we are extremely humbled, blessed and are ready to get to work!