It’s no secret that I like to spend a good chunk of my time in coffee shops so I’m always on the hunt for comfortable spaces that provide great drinks, nice eats, and wifi. They are literally all over the city and there are many coffee shops that are worth checking out while in Houston but it’s especially inspiring to find one that stands for something much bigger than a good cup of joe. A 2nd Cup is more than a place to refuel, catch up on work, or socialize with friends. It’s Houston’s non-profit coffee shop that’s dedicated to ending human trafficking – an ugly issue the city has faced for decades.

I must admit that I didn’t know much about human trafficking or what it meant to be a sex slave until I moved to Houston for the first time a few years ago. To many, human trafficking is an invisible problem, thousands of victims are often hiding in plane sight and transported with ease via I-10. With all of the amazing things Houston has to offer it’s easy to forget that there are real issues that need to be addressed in the community. There is still so much work that needs to be done and it never occurred to me that I could make difference. That’s why I appreciate places like A 2nd Cup that work to educate and generate interest, partner with allies to eradicate human trafficking , and provide relief to victims.

  

I came on a surprisingly busy Sunday afternoon, ordered an iced vanilla latte, and grabbed a seat next to a gracious stranger. The environment was relaxed, the drinks and food were delightful, the baristas were friendly, and the conversations flowed quietly. It was the perfect environment for me to get work done. More importantly, though, I left with the burning desire to join the movement – even if it’s volunteering my time or making a donation. If you stop by, make sure to grab a pamphlet and take a look at their calendar for upcoming events. You can also learn more about their calling online and get more information on their partners here.

  

Do you volunteer/partner with non-profits or participate in organizations that give back to the community? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comment section below!