HOME Page Café
The HOME Page Café is a coffee bar owned and operated by Project HOME inside the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. It is a supportive employment environment that provides realistic workplace skill development in a public setting.
The business was born out of a successful partnership with the library to provide monitors for their public restrooms. An initial grant of $250,000 provided by Bank of America funded much of the construction of the café as well as much of the operating deficit for the first year.
The café opened in 2008, with extensive staff training in customer service, coffee preparation, and workplace skills. The café manager oversees all training and operation of the café and restroom attendant program. We enjoy customers that frequent the café for its social mission and also has patrons that enjoy it solely as a coffee bar and might be unaware of the employment goals of the café.
Four formerly homeless individuals serve more than 150 customers daily. A total of 17 people with homeless history have been trained and gone on to other employment. Many came from other employment within Project HOME. After gaining employment, café staff have gone back to school, reconnected with family members and made new friends outside of their place of residence.
Staff have also taken and passed the Serve Safe food safety exam.
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