Turn Around Cafe
Meet 20 year old Kevin O’Donnell and 17 year old Drake Edwards. Both young men have experienced a variety of difficulties in their young lives, but with the help of Assured Family Services and Lakeshore Global Corporation, they are now both entrepreneurs in training. The two operate a small café on the ground floor of the LCG building where there is no shortage of customers. “Almost everyone stops in here when they are on their way to their offices in the morning, said Kevin.
They want coffee, juice and maybe a muffin and fresh fruit. We get a lot of support”. Kevin graduated from Ferndale High School, and Drake is working on his GED. Both consider this opportunity to work for a paycheck a new beginning and a chance to have a real job to put on a resume. “We feel that it is our obligation to give back to the community, and LGC is working to assist the Café by bring in local businesses to help fund its expansion. The Turn Around Café is just one of the many programs my partner Avinash Rachmale and I support that reach out to disadvantaged young men who often find themselves without hope and no one to turn to” said LGC Vice President Thomas Hardiman, Sr.” Assured Family Services is a Wayne County funded program focused on child welfare and juvenile justice.