Urbean Cafe - Work Force Development
The Urbean Cafe work force development program provides hands-on, real-world work experience, and the life skills people need to succeed.
Located at The Robert K. Pfaff Metro Transit Center in Akron, Ohio, the Urbean Cafe supports local vendors and serves nearly 600 people each day. Travelers can choose from a diverse menu including our own locally roasted Urbean Cafe coffee.
Contributing to the Local Economy
Our award-winning Urbean Cafe work force development program is a successful social business venture that has contributed more than $1.5 million dollars to the local economy since 2011, celebrating its five-year anniversary on July 1, 2015.
The Urbean Cafe program is overseen by Broken Chains Ministry business manager, John Wiseman, and employs eight of our clients including cafe management staff.*
“I lost a job through some problems, a job I had for 18 years…the Urbean Cafe has helped to stabilize my life.” ~ Tide
The unemployment rate for Ohio citizens transitioning from incarceration to community is a staggering 25-40% compared with the current rate of about 5.2% for the general population. The Urbean Cafe plays a vital role for our clients and community in addressing this challenge by creating a unique workforce development model that includes every aspect of work force readiness - training, hands-on experience and accountability - while supporting local Ohio vendors, and making a positive economic impact.
Since 2011 helped more than 40 people:
- Gain reliable employment
- Establish consistent income
- Restore self worth and purpose
“As part of being on parole, a requirement is to have a job. I did not have any idea how that was going to work out, but obviously, God did.” ~ Joy
- Time and business management skills
- Budget, money handling and accounting skills
- Customer service skills
- Conflict resolution skills
- Organizational skills
- Team building skills
“When I came to Broken Chains Ministry, not only did they help me with a job, but they became like family to me…a better family than I had ever had.” ~ Laura
Successful Clients Make a Difference Through:
- Payment of restitution, including fines, court costs and child support
- Contribution to federal, state and local income taxes
- Securing and maintaining housing
- Renewal of identification, drivers license, auto insurance and vehicle purchase
- Support of local grocers, retailers, utility services, insurance providers and more
Urbean Cafe Products
*As of June 2015