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The Puzzle of Purple Door

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We’re no experts. We’re crazy about coffee. We love Street Kids. We’ve learned a lot about job training. But still, we’re no experts.

That’s why we’re incredibly thankful for people that want to help us. We’re thankful for people that know coffee better than we do. We’re thankful for people that have longer standing relationships with our friends on the streets. We’re thankful for people that have been connected to job training longer than we have. Together we’re putting together the puzzle that is Purple Door.

Lately we’ve been asking for folks with expertise in training in regards to life skills and job skills, and you all have responded. Thank you! We’ve been meeting with folks to learn more about their areas of training, and to get ideas on how to best implement relational job training. Like we said, we’re no experts, and we’re thankful for people using their training and experiences to help us more deeply impact the lives of our employees.

We would also continue this request! If you know of assessments, training tools or another other resource that could help us relationally train our employees, please let us know! We would love to hear from you.

This also goes for other areas of need for Purple Door. Construction, furniture building, coffee experience, fundraising. If you have something that has any sort of potential for helping Purple Door impact lives in a deeper way please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re no experts, and so we need people to help Purple Door make the biggest impact possible.

Lately I’ve been dwelling on the Biblical concept of the people of God being the body of Christ. Frequently we restrict this to the church world, or to “church gifts”. People gifted in woodworking, or in job-training, or coffee frequently don’t make the list in regards to what fits into “Kingdom work”. We’re hoping to help people use their gifts, no matter how  “non-traditional” they might be, for the Kingdom to help others experience the peace and love of Christ. Each of you as you contribute are serving as another piece of the puzzle. Let us know if you would like to help us continue working on this puzzle.

We’re Excited!

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We’re really excited! Like super excited! We’re moving forward!

We have raised all the startup costs!

We have been so blessed by people’s generosity! We seriously can’t comprehend your incredible generosity.

So, now where does that leave us?

–We’re negotiating a lease, and all that goes with that (architecture, design, furniture, etc. etc.). We’re being careful in this process and doing lots of research on the property/neighborhood in order to provide for the longevity of Purple Door.
–We’re getting close to selecting whose coffee we’re going to serve (We’ll miss all the samples from the different roasters though).
–Once the roaster is selected we’ll buy all our equipment (We’ll get better prices by purchasing through the roaster).
–We’re still casting our vision to the city and sharing our story. We want people to catch the vision before we’re even open!
–We’re writing job training materials and putting together our overall assessments. If you have life skills assessments, job readiness assessments, any sort of thing that will help our employees move towards holding a job for the long term, please let us know!
–We’re working on everything else that comes our way. Start-ups are a bit unpredictable on what needs to get done. So we’re really learning to roll with punches (to get to what’s real [thanks, Van Halen]).

We feel like we can’t and don’t say thank you enough. Thank you for your commitment to supporting Purple Door. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and love. Your faithfulness to how God is working in the city of Denver has brought us to a very exciting place. We’re so blessed to have so many wonderful people journeying with us on this effort. Thank you.

Please contact us with questions, comments, or more info about Purple Door. We kind of like telling our story–it’s been a fun one!

 

 

Remembering Who You Are.

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We all have those places where we feel right at home. For some it’s a person’s home, or when they are doing a particular activity, or when they are with a certain group of people. Having a place where you can be who you are, and remember who you are is so important.

We live in a world that sends us so many signals of who we are “supposed” to be, but few messages of who we really are. We get so distracted by the messages of this world saying that we’re not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, healthy enough, rich enough, funny enough. The world tells us we are not enough.

Jesus has something else to say. Jesus’ sacrifice communicates value. Value that is limitless, and not restricted from a single person. And that value is dependent on neither our mistakes nor our success. It simply is.

This world tells us all the time that we are not valuable, so we need to frequently be reminded of our value. So, we must find those places that can serve as a reminder of who we really are. This is so important as we live in a world that tries its best to make us forget. Forget our value as made clear through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

At Purple Door Coffee we hope and pray that we can be a place of remembering. A place where anyone can come and remember that they are loved, that they have value, that they matter, that they are enough. We don’t care what you’ve done or haven’t done. We care that you are you. You have been intentionally created by God. You have been created with the capacity to love and be loved. You have been deemed valuable by the God of the Universe. We hope that everyone that comes to Purple Door remembers their value, or, maybe, sees it for the first time.  Once we are reminded of who we are, we can go and help others remember. We can carry this message of truth, this message of dignity for all people to every corner of our life.

At Purple Door we pray that we can be a small place of remembering for all who enter the shop. And who knows, maybe all some people need is the caffeine kick to get back out there and love people to the point of remembering.

Patience in the Progress

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We want to be open. We wish we could have been open six months ago. Six months ago, though, Purple Door would have looked a lot different–mostly in a negative way. We’ve learned so much about the coffee industry. We’ve learned about job training. We’ve learned about fundraising. We’ve learned about community relations. We’ve learned about a thousand other things that have shaped the vision and provided for the long term of Purple Door.

Even with all that, it’s hard to be patient. It’s hard to wait some more after waiting all this time to be open.

Things are progressing, always. New developments happen each day. But there is still waiting.

Lately I’ve found myself thinking about why it’s taking as long as it is to get this place open. I’ve been wondering why we’ve been just slowly raising the money lately (but money certainly is coming in).
I finally came to this profound conclusion: I don’t know.

I don’t know why we aren’t meeting out initial goal dates for opening. I don’t know why things are not further along in the process than what they are. I don’t know why anything has really happened or not happened with Purple Door.

I don’t know, but that’s okay. 

We don’t have to know. We just have to diligently work in the areas that we can control, and allow it to unfold. Allow God to work in people’s hearts and lives, and all the while work hard at what’s in front of you.

We’ve really adopted this line of thought lately. We will work diligently in the things that we can influence, and not worry so much about the things that we have no influence in. This ties directly into our faith as well. In a sermon I heard on Sunday the preacher said “Biblical faith does not mean knowing. Biblical faith is Believing Love and Trusting Obedience.” Yes! We hope and pray that we are able to live into that meaning of Biblical faith. He went on to say “It is this element of unknowing that makes life a story worth telling; a story worth being a part of.” We don’t know every detail of the story of Purple Door Coffee, but we do know that we serve a good God that has been faithful in the process. It’s His process, and he knows what we need. So we will continue to seek Him, and work hard at what we can control and we believe that we’ll get where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.

Thank you all so much for your support of this journey–this story. Click here to donate so that we can together provide jobs for our friends on the streets.