TAMPA, Fla – Mindi Vaughan uses gourmet coffee to lift the place it was lifted.
The former 34-year-old heroin addict once struggled to regain custody of her daughter. Now she is leaning against the front counter of the Portico Cafe with sweet smelling bags of coffee around them.
Vaughan used to be a barista in the café. She is now the operations manager.
“This place changed my life,” says Vaughan with a smile.
The hip coffee shop and meeting room in downtown Tampa is a nonprofit mission of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church.
It engages and supports people transitioning from homelessness and drug addiction.
It also funds support programs for amazing success stories like Vaughan that deserve a second chance.
The pandemic forced the popular place for food and coffee to close in June. There is no set date for the reopening.
“We’re waiting for the crowd to return to downtown Tampa,” says Vaughan.
So what now?
Keep selling coffee to support the mission, to support their friends – but with a twist.
Bags of Portico’s popular gourmet java is Now available for pickup, on-site delivery, and shipping. It is also available through the subscription service.
Vaughan turned into some kind of coffee mini-mogul. She packs and seals it herself.
Whatever it takes for the doors of the portico to swing open again.
“It’s very important to me to keep this place open,” says Vaughan. “I want to get more people on the right track.”