Helping youth one cup of coffee at a time

It's a company trying to make a difference in the lives of foster youth one cup of coffee at a time. Covenant Coffee has expanded to a new location near the Bakersfield Racquet Club.
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- It's a company trying to make a difference in the lives of foster youth one cup of coffee at a time. Covenant Coffee has expanded to a new location near the Bakersfield Racquet Club.

It’s a busy time because the United States Tennis Association is holding a professional tournament at the club.

Owner Randy Martin said the new store allows his non-profit to do more for foster youth looking to gain basic work skills.

"This location also expands the employment offerings and our training capabilities not just basic customer service but you are talking about kitchen skills, short order cooking all the way to new menu development."

One beneficiary of the training program is Tivon Knight who had worked at the sister store in Oildale. Knight likes the training and the sense that he is building towards the future.

"I mean it just expands your ability to go work in many different places," said Knight.

Covenant Coffee estimates for every two pounds of coffee sold it allows them to train a foster youth for one hour. Knight thinks this is like no other job he has had before.

"When you walk in here you know it's not just ‘oh I am going to work today.’ It's I am (a part of) a family."
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