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Some Good Reminders.

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Things are crazy busy! And getting really fun. It’s such an exciting time as we watch the physical space of Purple Door take shape. As this happens it’s important for us to make sure we keep our focus, and over the last few weeks 4 concepts have been coming to mind with regularity, and I would like to share them with you.

1) Purple Door is so beyond the skills and abilities of our team on our own. This is a huge project, that we frequently feel ill equipped for when we are dependent on our own training, experiences, and expertise. This is actually a beautiful place to find ourselves, because we know that we cannot depend on ourselves. This doesn’t mean we don’t put forth our full efforts and learn new things, but we recognize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. So, we must ask for help. Help from God and from other folks that use their gifts and skills to help move the mission and vision of Purple Door forward. We’re thankful for God using his people to fill in the gaps. It has been an incredible journey saturated with God’s provision and community.

2) It’s not about me. This effort is about God, His Kingdom and His love for this world. Anything I might do to get in the way of that is wrong. And so I’ve been really convicted of the importance of humility. Everything I do must be motivated for promotion of God and His Kingdom, because I’m really not that important in the grand scheme of things. And really I’m just blessed to be a part of what God is up to in the world. It is also very freeing to recognize that Purple Door isn’t mine, because this mission and vision placed in my hands alone would crumble. God is way more capable of making Purple Door flourish than I am, and for that I am thankful. Also, it takes the pressure off of me to make Purple Door happen. I’ll continue to work hard, but God has been at work to make Purple Door happen much longer than I have been.

3) Our mission must not fall by the wayside. It’s easy to get caught up in running a coffee shop, but we must remember we are not solely a coffee shop. We have to work to equip our employees to lead healthy and sustainable lives away from the streets. But don’t worry, our coffee will still be mighty tasty.

4) Jesus must be at the center. As we delve into the logistics of running a coffee shop and a job training program we have to remember why we’re doing what we’re doing. We are here to help others experience the love of Jesus. We are able to love because he first loved us. That must remain central. Our transformation because of Christ’s love for us must move us and motivate us to share that love so that everyone we encounter can know they are loved.

Help us fully live into our mission over the next year by donating here. We are trying to raise $50,000 during construction so that we can simply run the shop and the program without having to worry about fundraising! This will free up significant time and energy that can then be poured into our employees.

Thank you everyone who has played any role in helping Purple Door come to life!

 

Construction Has Started! Help Purple Door Move Forward!

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I have been awful about blogging lately. That will change this month especially.

IMG_1032If you like us on Facebook you have seen that construction has started! 

We’re building out the space which is incredibly exciting, because that means we’re close to opening! This also means we have tons to do over the next 6 weeks or so, then we have to run the shop which will be exceptionally busy and intense while we get in the swing of it.

That being said, some of you know our projection of being fully self-sustaining after 3 years of operation. This includes the salaries of full-time staff. In those first 3 years we plan to continue raising our salaries. So, our hope is that we can raise a good portion of the year one salaries and projected deficiencies in sales prior to being open. We have already made a small dent in this number, and hope that sales go better than projected to decrease the need for fundraising.

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As of right now, we hope to raise $50,000 more in donations and/or pledges for year 1 prior to opening our doors.

This is a big number, in a short amount of time, but we believe it is attainable and hope that you will partner with us as we work to employ, job train, and communicate love and value to our friends working to exit street life. You can go here to donate.

If we can reach this goal it will provide incredible stability for year 1 of Purple Door, and free Mark and Madison up to pour all of their efforts into training employees and running the shop.

We will be regularly posting photos of progress of the space on our Facebook page. Take a look so far! We will also keep you updated on all of our progress this month through blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This week we’re excited to see the space take another step towards becoming Purple Door Coffee. We’re incredibly thankful for how God has provided for this process, specifically through all of you! Thank you for journeying with us! Please let us know if you have questions!