Java Hope Project
2080 Whittaker road
Brenda Moore, John Fovenesi, John Bidlack, Seth Hirshorn
To eradicate poverty through entrepreneurial training and opportunities to accomplish economic self-sufficiency for marginalized women using a coffee cart business model.
As a social enterprise, our goal is to offer an alternative business opportunity as opposed to social services programs. Welfare to work programs are ineffective and many women cannot sustain a family working low wage jobs. Java Hope empowers women to become business owners. We use supportive curriculums to build interpersonal skills while engaging the participants in entrepreneurial training.
The Java Hope Project is a two year program with a six month intensive training component followed by 18 months of follow up mentoring. Our target participants are women, 18-40 years of age who are welfare dependent, have limited education, are unemployed or working in low wage jobs. Participants earn a living wage during the training and essential services such as housing, transportation, child care, health care and some community college scholarships through our collaborative partnerships.
Upon graduation, participants receive accessed to restricted funds generated through their coffee cart sales and micro-funding. Java Hope will end the two year mentor-protegee relationship and graduates become legal business owners.