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This Work Isn’t Glamorous, But It’s Good.

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Working in a coffee shop is cool. It’s fun. You get to meet interesting people. You help people start their day. You get to help people feel welcome. You can get to make something that is really delicious that makes a lot of people happy. It’s pretty great.

Running a coffee shop is tiring. You get to the shop early and leave late. You have to pick up the slack if someone can’t come in. You get to work the bar, but also run and buy furniture, pay bills, fix things that are broken in the shop, order new cups, market the business and anything else that might pop up.

Running a coffee shop really isn’t glamorous. And it certainly isn’t always fun.

Running a ministry isn’t glamorous most of the time. It can be stressful.

Running a ministry is hard work. Fundraising is not the greatest fun one can have.

So, with Purple Door the story is pretty appealing. Lots of people have told us that they would love to do what we do. We love what we do. We’re very committed to what we do. What we do is difficult, tiring and, at times, frustrating.

To be successful we must be faithful. We believe in order to be faithful to this call we need to:

  1. Have faith that we are doing what is right.
  2. Work hard in the areas that we can control.
  3. Ask for help in areas of our deficiency. (Photography, web development, telling our story, etc.)
  4. Help others become their best selves.
  5. Trust that our needs will be met in the areas we can’t control.
  6. Simply keep going.

So, we love what we do because it’s right, good and meaningful. We don’t do what we do because it is easy or simple. We are very tired after a day of work, but we know it’s good. We know it is close to God’s heart. We know that we are helping in a small way reshape Denver for the Kingdom of God.

This isn’t a super appealing career path in the realm of finances, hours worked, or stress levels. It is an appealing line of work when looking at how it helps our employees, how we can create a community surrounding this mission, and how it fits so well with the skills and passions that we have been given. It’s is also an incredible blessing to be a part of something that is significantly bigger than any one person.

Backflushing an espresso machine, scrubbing toilets, and mopping floors is not glamorous. But it’s necessary. We need to do these things so that we can be a viable business. We also need to model to our employees what it is to do what is necessary when you are working a job. As we mop, sweep, deal with angry customers, show up early, and leave late we lean into the fact that lives are being changed, growth is taking place, and we are playing a small role in the Kingdom of God.

This work isn’t glamorous, but this work is certainly good. Our employees, and our future employees,  are worth every bit of the effort that we put in. We believe that deeply. We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe it.

Week 3!

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We’re in the middle of week 3. Wow! It’s been amazing. Our sales have been great! We’ve developed regular customers! We’ve been welcomed into the neighborhood! We held our grand opening party and were overwhelmed by the turnout! Things are going great!
Most importantly, our employees are awesome! Both of our employees are hard workers who are eager to learn, willing to jump in, and they take instruction very well! We’ve all been learning together.

Right now we are continuing to roll and develop all our routines. We’re intentionally getting our story out to our neighbors. And dreaming and thinking about the future of Purple Door. Soon we will hire another employee. As our two current employs become more and more proficient behind the bar we will have room to train another employee. This will also free Madison and I up to do more of the running of the business and non-profit components, as well as lean even more heavily into the job and life skills training.

Our model so far has been that one of our employees and one of the management team is always on the bar. This has worked well, but with our overall mission of employing our friends off the streets in mind, we are looking for ways to employ more individuals. With that in mind, it makes the most business sense to have Madison and I always working the bar, so that we aren’t paying another employee, but we are more than just a business. We ask for your continued support as we move forward.


Needs of Purple Door:
1) Prayer
-Pray for the success of the business. That sales are great and that we develop great relationships with our customers.
-Pray that our employees continue to move forward.
-Pray that the fundraising that needs to be done happens naturally.
-Pray that Madison and I are given an extra measure of wisdom.
2) Customers
-Come see us. Come be a part of this community. We’d love to get to know you.
-Tell your friends about us so that they will come join the community as well.
3) Financial support
-While the business is reducing the need for fundraising we still need support. We don’t project self sustainability for a few years due to many factors involving the ministry.
-You can donate here. Please ask us if you have questions about our financial strategy and how the funds are spent.


Thank you everyone that has supported Purple Door so far. We thank you in advance for your continued support. We are blessed to have such amazing support. Prayerfully, your support will mean so much for our friends exiting street life for many years to come.