Drinking great coffee and supporting a great cause will soon be possible in Western Australia, thanks to the tireless efforts of one woman.
Katie Liew is the founder of The Underground Collaborative – a social enterprise with a mission to break the cycle of homelessness by providing employment and housing solutions.
The organisation’s first project is Ground+Co – a program that will train people experiencing, or at-risk of homeless, to work as paid baristas at coffee carts located throughout WA.
“It’s been a slow burn, but I think we are starting to build momentum and people are getting behind us because they’re starting to understand how big an issue homelessness really is,” Ms Liew said.
Ms Liew hopes to expand the coffee cart program across Perth and regional WA. She also hopes to create additional employment programs in partnership with other organisations to give people opportunities outside of hospitality.
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