Since I work as a freelancer the only office I have is my kitchen table and coffee shops in the area. I coffee shop hop now like I used to bar hop in the old days. The fellow people typing away on their laptops are my people. I’ve heard about a 2nd Cup coffee shop in the Heights, so I stopped by to check it out. In a world of bigger, more money, and more fame… why was this little (non profit) coffee shop going to all this effort to help out others?
2nd Cup coffee sells locally made Boomtown Coffee, pastries, light bites and more all for a greater cause: Human Trafficking. Not something you probably think about every day, or even think about at all. But it’s a shocking issue going on RIGHT HERE IN OUR CITY.
What exactly is human trafficking? The Department of Homeland Security says human trafficking is modern day slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to work against their will. For many that often means sex.
Believe it or not, this is happening right here. Because Houston is a major city right on Interstate 10, many victims of sex trafficking travel through the area or are being held here. (Houston ranks number one among cities thought to have the most victims of human trafficking according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center tip line.)
So, 2nd Cup Coffee gives you an opportunity to help out in some way. I believe most people genuinely want to help others, sometimes they just don’t know where to start.
Here’s another cool thing: There is a bulletin board listing of places where you can get involved to help others. (Freedom Place, Redeemed Ministries, Free the Captives for example.) The signs look like want – ads, with little tear off phone numbers at the bottom.
It’s also super family friendly. They have chairs for kids, and different areas to sit down and relax. The atmosphere is laid back and casual with vintage finds all over the place. I’ll be back, let me know if you want to join!
Making the most out of life,