Workforce Development

Building futures through workforce development at Neidhammer Coffee Co.

Part of 91 Place’s comprehensive approach to disrupting homelessness is a workforce development program, which assists our residents in the development of employability skills to advance in the labor market.

Residents participate in a workforce development curriculum, covering topics such as communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. Youth develop the essential skills, resiliency, and work ethic to enable them to thrive in any workplace.

It’s not just about job skills; it’s a transformative journey that instills a sense of purpose and confidence, empowering our residents not only to secure employment but to become independent, contributing members of society.

Our workforce development program began with the acquisition of the beloved local coffee shop, Neidhammer Coffee Co., in April 2023.

Operating under its original name, Neidhammer Coffee Co. now serves as a workforce development hub empowering youth facing homelessness by equipping them with employability skills to thrive in any career they choose.

This initiative not only provides practical hands-on experience but also enables our youth to actively contribute to the community, reinforcing the idea that their potential reaches beyond the workplace, and that they have the capacity to become an impactful member of the community.

91 Place is cultivating partnerships with local business owners who are excited about employing our youth in the future.

This comprehensive approach not only improves their employability but also breaks the cycle of homelessness, enabling them to build a stable future with financial independence. Through the workforce development program, 91 Place seeks to transform the lives of unhoused youth, empowering them to overcome adversity and reach their full potential.

The Impact of Trauma-Informed Workforce Development on Youth and Community

The program focuses on equipping youth residents with a comprehensive curriculum-based approach, emphasizing soft skills like interpersonal communication, productivity, and problem-solving. 

At its core, the program adopts a trauma-informed approach, aiming to reverse oppressive work environments that these youth have previously experienced. Neidhammer Coffee Co., serves as a community advocate, offering “coffee with a purpose.” By supporting the program and visiting Neidhammer, you contribute to the youth’s empowerment and development of essential workplace skills.

Neidhammer Coffee Co. offers a delightful selection of specialty coffee lattes, teas, lotus refreshers, and crepes, inviting customers to support the program and experience the amazing products crafted by the talented and resilient youth employed in the program. We’d love for you to stop by!