People for People, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to break the generational cycle of poverty in the lives of North Central Philadelphia residents” will be opening up a coffee shop by the name of PFP Café (part of the My Favorite Muffin company) at the corner of Broad and Fairmount. As a coffee shop with an additional focus, this project will serve as a training place for those who are either unemployed or underemployed, where they will be given the opportunity to develop their skills in the service, retail and hospitality industries. The cafe is part of Mayor Nutter’s $1M Neighborhood Economic Development Grant.
Renovation of the unoccupied two-story building has already begun. The retail space will house the PFP Café, which will provide 60 unemployed, underemployed and/or dislocated welfare-to-work employees with hands-on job training. The opening of PFP Café will provide two or three full-time jobs as well as a number of rotating part-time positions, which is something that North Philadelphia could absolutely benefit from. The PFP Café will be open for business September of this year.