Coffee shop serves hope to people recovering from addiction

A Pennsylvania town’s newest coffee shop is offering people recovering from opioid addiction a fresh start, one steaming cup of java at a time.

Hope & Coffee began serving customers Thursday morning in Tamaqua, a small coal-region town about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Philadelphia.

It’s the brainchild of a successful business leader who’s been sober for more than 35 years and became dismayed as the opioid epidemic gripped her hometown. The nonprofit coffee shop’s managers and baristas are people in recovery.

Coffee shop supervisor Sica (SEE’-kah) Brown says she was addicted to heroin for years. Now in recovery, she says nobody wanted to hire her. She calls Hope & Coffee an “absolute life changer.”

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