Cincinnati Barista Training Program Employs Those with Criminal Record
Patrick and Sarah Davis understand what it’s like to navigate the job market after incarceration, and they saw a need for companies that hire individuals with criminal backgrounds. To help fill the void, the couple created The Fringe Coffee House.
Opening in Hamilton, Ohio, The Fringe will employ people who are released from prison through a nine-month paid job training and re-entry program. Employees will develop skills in the food-and-beverage industry while also utilizing community resources like GED classes, counseling, parenting classes and more.
Those seeking to work at the Fringe don’t need coffee or food service experience; but rather a desire to learn and grow into a barista role.
“Employment is a tough step, and finding a place to live can also be a challenge,” says Sarah Davis, co-owner of The Fringe. “Because of these challenges, finding a sense of community can be hard. We want to create a sense of family here.”
The Fringe Coffee House will employ six people to start, but as time goes on, the Davis’ look forward to connecting more people to local industries and organizations who invest in those coming out of incarceration. They would like to be a community hub, with the possibility of classes and events at the coffee shop that bring resources to locals where they already hang out.
The Davis’ aim to create a positive, diverse atmosphere that makes people want to come to work.
"We hope that this is a place of convergence where people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses come together for really good coffee and really good food,” Patrick says. “Everyone belongs; we want our employees and our customers to both feel great here.”
The Fringe Coffee House is set to open by Winter 2019. Applications will be accepted on their website.