Chicago business owner to hire homeless at South Loop smoothie shop

Chicago business owner to hire homeless at South Loop smoothie shop

CHICAGO (TOC) — What seems like your common smoothie store is something however with Candice Payne because the proprietor.

“When you attain a sure stage of success, it is advisable to give again, mentioned Payne, the proprietor of Smoothie RX.

She plans to rent people who find themselves homeless at her South Loop smoothie store, which celebrated its grand opening Thursday.

“I am honoring my objective,” Payne mentioned.

That objective got here to her throughout the polar vortex in 2019 as she fearful about how those that stay on the road would survive.

“I pulled out my American Specific, known as round, tried to guide some resort rooms. I used to be stunned how many individuals turned me down,” Payne mentioned.

As soon as she lastly discovered a resort, she booked 30 rooms. She then made a social media submit asking for assist with transportation.

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“From that submit, it went fully viral,” she mentioned.

Payne later launched a basis to assist the homeless inhabitants within the metropolis, in order that’s why it is no shock that they might be a part of the main focus of this new enterprise.

“Serving to different individuals, that prime is a distinct kind of excessive,” she mentioned.

Earlier than the staff who’re homeless begin work right here, Payne mentioned they’re being educated at A Secure Haven — a company that addresses homelessness.

“For me, at first, I believed simply met me go round and discover some, I do know the place they frequent, I do know the place they arrange shelter however that is not the sensible technique to do it,” Payne mentioned.

Payne mentioned she plans to rent about 4 people who find themselves homeless to work at Smoothie Rx. The primary one begins subsequent week.

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