November 28, 2017

Passport To Employment Expands Services With New Café Space

The inside of The Haverstick Café which opened at Church at the Crossing on Nov. 1.  - Ryan Flanery/WFYI

The inside of The Haverstick Café which opened at Church at the Crossing on Nov. 1.

Ryan Flanery/WFYI

An Indianapolis church is expanding its efforts to connect people with jobs.

Church at the Crossing reports its Passport to Employment program has connected more than 1,500 people with jobs through the last nine years. Pastor of Missions Nabil Safi says the new Haverstick Café will expand the service with an alternative professional environment.

“This place is where people can come and do their work, meet, or use it as a place to operate from," Safi says. "That’s why one of our leaders also came up with this tagline our space, your place.”

The café opened this month in the northside church. Dale Pershing who is an unemployed environmental manager was there applying for jobs Tuesday.

“It’s similar to a Starbucks, but it’s just housed here at the church so it is just an opportunity to come in and use the WIFI and work undistracted, sort of like a library or something like that," Pershing says.  

Passport to Employment assists people with professional clothing, career and financial counseling and connects people to food and medical services. It's been recognized with local and national awards. 

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