“I learned to make my first cappuccino this week,” Alicia says with a proud smile. Taking the Café’s barista training, she has hopes of working part-time at a coffee shop. “It would be really fun,” she says, “with the cheerful noises of people in the background, the drip of the espresso machine, and, of course, the smell of coffee.”
Having had to move more than 6 times between Board and Care homes, Alicia says the Café has given her an essential, dependable community. “I’ve been here almost from the beginning,” she says. “It’s a great place to be.”
In addition to the barista training, Alicia says she’s especially grateful for the Trauma Recovery Class that she took with Chris Ferry and for the opportunity to sing with the Closing the Gap Chorus.
As Alicia is talking, another barista-in-training brings her a cup of coffee. Her face lights up. “A cappuccino!” she says as she picks up the mug.
Article by Cindy McCalmont