It’s About More than the Coffee
John Sweeney had a dream as a child to help people. He didn’t know how he was going to do it. However, a couple of years ago, he began a social movement called, “suspended coffee.” He partnered with a local coffee shop to allow a customer to buy a “suspended” cup of coffee. This “suspended” cup of coffee could later be purchased by a struggling, homeless or down-on-their-luck person without paying. Fast forward to present day and there are now over 2,000 cafes across 34 countries that participate in the suspended coffee movement. Each week some 1.5 million free cups of coffee are given out. People helping people.
Joe’s Perspective: What a small gesture… a small gesture that goes a long way… a gesture that helps the struggling man gain a little nourishment, a little comfort and the knowledge that someone, albeit a complete stranger, cares about him… a gesture that helps an established person give a little something to help someone in need… a gesture that helps to bind a community together. I bet the community as a whole feels proud…connected…kind. It’s really about more than the coffee.
Your Turn: One person started this social movement. I challenge you to think of just one small or large thing you can do to make your community a better place to live.