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‘It Helps You Be Hopeful For Your Future’: Coffee Cart At Oregon Women’s Prison Teaches Job Skills

From: kgw.com

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — There’s a coffee stand, it feels like, on every corner.

In the United States there are over 15,000 Starbucks locations. On a smaller scale there are 290 Dutch Bros locations. If you want your favorite latte, you won’t have to walk far to find it.

It’s that level of accessibility that has inmates inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility hopeful for a job opportunity when they get out.

Inside the walls of the Wilsonville all-female prison, 10 women have been trained to work inside a small coffee cart that serves up hot and cold drinks. Drinks can be purchased using special coffee tickets only available inside the jail and only redeemable at the coffee stand.

It’s called Upshot.

The small coffee cart was donated by Portland Community College about five years ago and all the money spent at the cart goes back into buying what’s needed to keep it afloat.

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