A 2ND CUP

idea by ERaggett
A 2ND CUP

Applicant Name

First and Last Name:

Erica Raggett

Website

www.a2ndcup.com

What inspired your idea?

In December of 2010 I heard about the brutal realities of human trafficking. In my happy worldview, the idea that human beings could be bought and sold like cheap commodities was not even within the realm of my darkest imaginings. I was horrified and outraged that such devaluation of people could exist. I knew I couldn’t walk away unchanged. I have always had a love of coffee shops and have always secretly wanted to open one. Fighting any social wrong requires figuring out a way to use your skills and passions to make a difference in the world.

What’s your social impact business idea?

A 2ND CUP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coffee shop that will work to fight human trafficking. We desire to do that in three ways:
EDUCATE: We provide an avenue for awareness of the issue of human trafficking in Houston and work towards the abolition of slavery in our city.
PARTNER: We will work alongside a variety of anti-trafficking organizations and movements to raise awareness, generate interest, and engage the public to take action in anti-trafficking initiatives.
FUND: We will be a money-making engine to fund after-care solutions for survivors of human trafficking including housing, mentoring, tutoring, job-skills and other life skills for reintegration into society.

What is your impact and how is it relevant to the business?

Our business and our impact are fully integrated. Our impact is walking alongside women who have been trafficked and providing resources to allow them to recover from their trauma. The business provides the revenue and the facility to be able to provide these resources. These resources would include counseling, mentoring, GED training, resume writing, job skills, financial counseling, and technology training. As the business grows, we can expand those resources to include things like medical care, child care, and safe housing options.

How will you establish sustainable impact in the locations you wish to serve?

A 2ND CUP will be sustainable by being a combination of business and charity. Our charitable efforts of providing much-needed after care for survivors of human trafficking will be funded by the coffee shop itself. The coffee shop will also provide us with a facility and connect us to the community in a way that will enable us to leverage support. Efforts that we put into raising awareness will also work to increase the profits of the business, which will then be poured back into enabling survivors to grow, heal and recover and become who they were intended to be prior to their captivity.

What does success look like, including measurements and reporting on the business and your impact?

IMPACT:
-Number of survivors who are in college or jobs outside of A 2ND CUP
-Number of people who attend trafficking awareness events
-Number of organizations we are able to partner with
-Trafficking statistics in Houston decrease (as reported by the Polaris Project) as we partner with other anti-trafficking organizations
BUSINESS:
-Becoming a self-sufficient organization by year 3
-Being named Houston's best coffee shop

What would $50,000 mean for your business? And how will it help your company better reach its goals?

A 2ND CUP is incredibly close to being able to build a permanent coffee shop where we can begin providing services to survivors of human trafficking. This $50,000 would launch us forward to be able to provide more services in a more timely manner. We would be able to ensure that survivors of human trafficking receive essential tools that will enable them to rebuild their lives.

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I CERTAINLY HOPE THIS PROJECT WINS!!!! IT IS AMAZING!!!!! C'MON GOOD - TEAM!! Love what GOOD is doing and what GOOD could be done with this 2nd cup team too!

by lrachelle
10 months ago | Reply

Serious kudos. Feel free to reach out for any help. I am willing to donate my time to this project. Best and warm wishes... -Jessica Rios-Almanza jayelledesignlab@gmail.com

by jessica.rios.754570
10 months ago | Reply

It was shocking when I first discovered this terrible issue happening right within our community. The more I learned about it the more it fueled the fire within me to contribute to the cause in any way that I can. Erica and her team has done an excellent job spreading the word, and with the help of this funding A 2nd Cup can continue to grow and provide the aid that is much needed by the trafficking survivors.

by tamtruong
10 months ago | Reply

I felt the same way when I first heard about human trafficking - it just completely outrages me! We can all play a part in fighting against it and finally putting a stop to the oppression of other human beings. Thanks for all of your kind words!

by ERaggett
10 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup is a great organization run and supported by fantastic people. The fight against human trafficking is ongoing and A 2nd Cup is taking a strong stand to educate the public and provide resources for survivors.

(Also, they have really good coffee, and I want them to have a home so I can start drinking it again!)

by nopeface
10 months ago | Reply

Thank you! Education is so important in putting a stop to human trafficking. Keep an eye on our Facebook page so you can find our coffee while we are in our "nomadic" phase!

by ERaggett
10 months ago | Reply

Goodluck! So excited to hear back about this and see what God has in store for this great cause!

by bostonay
10 months ago | Reply

Thank you so much! We are excited to hear back about it as well!

by ERaggett
10 months ago | Reply

The mission and the goals for a 2nd cup are absolutely genuine. It is not only fun to be a part of this organization as a volunteer, it is rewarding and meaningful. Erica whole heart is in whatever she does and this is all she really does. Thank you A2C for being who you are and doing what you do.!

by lifeonearth7
10 months ago | Reply

Thank you! We love all of our volunteers and are so thankful for all of the hours they have ut in to get us to where we are today! Can't wait to take A 2nd Cup even further with their help!

by ERaggett
10 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup is making a real difference today!

by Billfrank17
10 months ago | Reply

Thanks Bill! This $50,000 could help us to broaden our impact and make an even bigger difference!

by ERaggett
10 months ago | Reply

Great coffee for a great cause!

by meh.sirhc
10 months ago | Reply

That's our goal!

by ERaggett
10 months ago | Reply

It is so inspiring to see people boldly taking a stand to fight the injustice in our communities! A 2nd Cup is a much-needed organization with a heart for the hurting victims of human trafficking. I am excited to watch your organization grow & touch the lives of so many people!

by A1v9w7s9
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you for your encouraging words!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Would love to see A2C win! Looking forward to a permanent community space. Keep up the great work.

by brittany.baize.3
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks so much, Brittany! We are looking forward to that as well!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Great cause! Hope you win!

by nelliswrites
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you! We hope so too! :)

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Good Luck! I hope you guys WIN!

by nlsvideo
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you! We hope so too! There are a lot of great ideas on here, so no matter what, a great idea is going to win. :)

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

This is an amazing idea! I can't to see come to fruition! :DD

by optiquest21
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you! We are excited about it as well!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I love this idea, and I love the name!

by emilou37
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you! Check out this article to see about the history of our name and logo - http://houston.aiga.org/a-2nd-cup-coffee-with-a-mission/

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Good luck! :) Yall are in our prayers!

by lauren.murphy.16100
11 months ago | Reply

Let's win this thing!! Keep spreading the work, HTX!

by mmaines_coffee
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Totally amazing. Great coffee and thru raise awareness and help fight against present day slavery. Freedom fighters. Please help them grow and find a permanent home.

by Marciekern
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you, thank you!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Love Houston and SO appreciate all A 2nd Cup has already accomplished in raising awareness of trafficking in our city! The foundation of this organization is solid... cannot wait to see the doors reopen in its new location, hopefully sooner than later! Great coffee (love me a secret squirrel!), fantastic people, and an outstanding cause. These folks are truly in it to see the END of modern day slavery, and they're empowering a community to join the fight. Wearing my Remember the Phoenix bracelet proudly... Vote!

by becomingchayil
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you for all of your kind words! We ARE in this to see the end of modern day slavery, and know that a world without slavery is possible if we join together to fight against it! #RememberThePhoenix

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

So glad you guys were able to get into this contest! Seems like an awesome opportunity for such a deserving cause. Looking forward to seeing your new place!!!

by stephen.c.huey
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks Stephen! It is a pretty huge honor to be a part of this! We'll look forward to seeing you in our new place soon!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup does so much more than just serve super delicious coffee. It educates the community on the dark reality of human trafficking in Houston. It gives locals opportunities to engage with the issue whether it be through watching a documentary, talking to like-minded people, or even writing encouraging cards to previous victims - A 2nd Cup is giving human trafficking the fight we've been waiting for! They're combating the issue through raising awareness and empowering anyone and everyone to join the fight! Go A 2nd Cup!!!

by svenny
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you! Empowerment is the catalyst that moves people from simply being aware into taking action. This is SUCH an important step - people want to get involved, they want to see human trafficking be eliminated, but if they don't know how to help, chances are that little action will be taken. We are trying to bridge that gap and make it really simple for people to move from awareness into action!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

So grateful for our friends at A 2nd Cup. They have welcomed us to Houston and helped us with local knowledge. The end of child trafficking is coming and its coming through movement and collaboration. Vote for A 2nd Cup! Spread the word.

Matthew @ Love146

by millerman
11 months ago | Reply

So excited to have Love146 joining us in Houston! No one can solve the issue of human trafficking on their own and we are really looking forward to working alongside you to make an even bigger impact!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

It is really great to see how invested A 2nd Cup is in what they believe. They are constantly pouring their all into doing everything they can to bring awareness and action to the cause of combating human trafficking. It has been wonderful to see how involved they are in the community and how many different people and organizations they partner with to achieve that goal.

by bbcgood
11 months ago | Reply

It's hard not to be invested in something so important! We have loved having the opportunity to partner with other organizations - that's the way we will see real change happen - when we collaborate and work together!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Such a great cause, and such an amazing idea on how to carry out the mission to raise awareness and support victims of human trafficking! The knowledge about human trafficking needs to get out to the masses and A 2nd Cup is doing that, one cup at a time. You guys are heroes!

by Karinvelamuri
11 months ago | Reply

That's right, one cup at a time. We've found that a coffee shop is a great way to get people together talking about the issue. It's been really fun to see this idea take off!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A2C is such a wonderful cause! The idea of raising awareness of human trafficking through a great cup of coffee is brilliant. The Raggetts are people of integrity and they have a real passion for this. Please help them continue the good fight!

by Penelope Goode
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you, Penelope!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A2C fills a needed void in this country. This problem has been overlooked and shied away from for too long. It enslaves people, women, before they can realize their own true potential. A2C can help them regain that sense of self worth.

by dsw2
11 months ago | Reply

Yes! We can't wait to restore that sense of self-worth to those it has been stolen from! It's time, not only for us to open our eyes to the problem, but to repair what has been broken by it. Thank you for your thoughts!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Erica has always had a HUGE heart and is so passionate about the issue of human trafficking. It's been amazing to watch her idea of opening a coffee shop to raise awareness and support victims become reality. A 2nd Cup is making a difference for this cause. So proud of you, Erica, and all your volunteers. :)

by Lindawey
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you so much for your support! It has been so fun to get to use my skills and strengths to make a difference in an area that I really care about!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

This is really awesome! We see that you live what you believe in!

by sarma.velamuri
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

It's been amazing to watch so many people come to know about human trafficking just because they wanted great coffee. I'm convinced that making non-profit causes "retail" and accessible to the public is the model for the future. A2NDCUP a great service to our city, and a great force in the effort to end human trafficking in our lifetime.

by shellschaft
11 months ago | Reply

We agree! One of the coolest things about this project is that one day we will not only sustain our work through the retail front, but we will also be a money-making engine for other anti-trafficking organizations as well!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup IS the real deal. Real individuals with a real passion fighting a real battle to end slavery. Yes, it still exists. And yes, there are people living in captivity today. Thank you, A 2nd Cup for being at the forefront of this issue. You aren't just a coffee shop. You're a coffee shop with a huge calling. You are working to save lives. What greater calling can we have? Love you guys!

by Hanushka
11 months ago | Reply

So, encouraging! Thank you so much! We know that human trafficking must be abolished and we want to be a part of making that happen!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I personally don't even drink coffee, but I love A 2nd Cup. They support an awesome cause. One that is overlooked; human trafficking. Please spread the word. Conscientious coffee. Every drop making the difference to the lives of those bound in chains. And they serve tea as well for us non coffee drinkers.

by Marciekern
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you for all of your kind words! We love tea drinkers too!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

So excited to see my city represented here in this challenge! Show your Houston pride! Vote today for Houston Heights' local, non-profit coffee shop, and help end human trafficking in the city we love. There's so much good to promote in Houston, so let's rally together to fight the injustice that would try to squelch the goodness! :)

by meremaines
11 months ago | Reply

The ONLY Houston project on here - what an incredible honor! Some seriously cool ideas on here and we are so lucky to be one of them!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

If you haven't yet experienced A 2nd Cup, you should as soon as possible. Great coffee, great people, and a great, great mission - I very much want them to find a permanent home soon so that they can begin to have an even bigger impact on the human trafficking problem in our community.

by leslie.a.lenert
11 months ago | Reply

We can't wait for that! Thanks so much for your support!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup, in my opinion, was the only coffee shop worthwhile in Houston. When driving, we always see these chain coffee shops that claim to give back to the community, but in actuality, when I was introduced to A 2nd Cup, there was no more coffee for me anywhere else. I love the passion Erica and her team has for this cause and I am so thankful to have experienced the old location-- now let's get that permanent space up and running so we can help more trafficking survivors!

by chase.williamsloduca
11 months ago | Reply

Let's do it! This grant could give us a HUGE push towards making that happen! Thanks for your encouraging words!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup is an awesome coffee shop with a purpose! A purpose near and dear to my heart--helping survivors of human trafficking return to wholeness. By winning the $50,000, A 2nd Cup could move into a permanent location quicker and help these precious survivors! Way to go 2nd Cup--love you guys!

by snlshirley
11 months ago | Reply

Can't wait for that new location and everything we will be able to do there!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I love a 2nd Cup and everything it stands for!

by datboidavid
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you!!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I'm such a fan of A 2nd Cup & their model - they take the best of Non-Profit & For-Profit business models to be able to do the most to fight the Human Trafficking epidemic in Houston.

As a fellow socially conscious business, I vote wholeheartedly for A 2nd Cup and can't wait to see all the good their permanent space could do!

by jen.lewis
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks Jen! We love the idea that one day we will be totally self-sustaining AND able to pass along our profits to help other organizations provide after-care for survivors of human trafficking!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Love your cause and your coffee! I really really really hope you guys will win this! Our city needs it!

by Inka
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you, we hope so too! We love this city and desire freedom for all here!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I wish I could vote a million times for A 2nd Cup... they're the real deal! I'm drinking your coffee this morning as I type this - here's to joining in the fight together!

by megan.breed
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks Megan! Glad to hear you are enjoying your coffee! We also wish you could vote a million times. :)

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I can't wait to see a 2nd cup open in a permanent location!

by Invisiblebag
11 months ago | Reply

Me too! :) We will be shouting it from the rooftops...via Facebook and Twitter.

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

The coffee seriously tastes just as good as Starbucks, but even more so when I think about how it makes a difference just by buying and enjoying it. Ten years ago, not very many people knew about human trafficking in Houston. That has changed. Now we are fighting against it. A 2nd Cup can continue to change our culture and I pray that one day human trafficking will no longer exist in Houston, TX (or the world for that matter). All it takes is people who care and work hard for the cause, and I have never encountered such caring people or such hard workers as I do when I walk into A 2nd Cup coffee shop.

by katrina.boulter
11 months ago | Reply

It's true! Three years ago, I had not even considered that slavery could still exist and now it is rare to find someone who has not heard about it. We still have a ways to go in helping people to realize that it is happening in their own backyard, but we are gaining a lot of ground! Thank you so much for your kind words - they mean so much!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

As a counselor that works with sexual abuse survivors in Houston, I understand the need to provide these services to trafficked survivors. I believe A 2nd Cup has helped bring awareness of the impact of Human Trafficking to those who have otherwise been unaware of the issue. Unfortunately there are not many who will attend human trafficking lectures or information sessions unless they are already involved in the movement. A 2nd Cup allows people who would mostly likely not have access to the information provided and allows the average consumer to participate in supporting trafficked survivors. This is such a great cause, and I wish

by shilohgirl87
11 months ago | Reply

haha! Either I didn't finish my thought, or I talk to much an the box cut me off! Either I wish you guys the best of luck!!

by shilohgirl87
11 months ago | Reply

Yes! That is exactly why we love the idea of a coffee shop as a venue for awareness! It has been amazing to get to teach people about human trafficking and see them ignite into action - such an honor to get to be a part of that!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

It's really wonderful to see all that is being done to aid the lives of these girls by the 2nd Cup n all it's supporters !

by Ddlj
11 months ago | Reply

We do have the very best supporters and feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with so many amazing people. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

AMAZING coffee shop that helps fight human trafficking one cup at a time! And the coffee is super yummy! I really hope you guys win and be able to do much more than what you guys are already doing!

by sinkingingrace
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you! We can't wait to increase our impact. We have been able to accomplish so much this year, but we MUST do more to truly abolish slavery in our city, our country and our world! This grant could give us a huge boost to be able to do just that!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A 2nd Cup is helping the city I call home realize human trafficking isn't something that just happens overseas. It happens here in Houston and across America! It's a shocking reality, but hopefully one that projects us into action. A 2nd Cup keeps me connected to the cause—and caffeinated. (And in my opinion, rivals any coffee shop from our honorable neighbor, ATX.)

by meremaines
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you for engaging in this issue! It is so easy to feel helpless when looking at the scale of the problem of human trafficking. We are honored to be a part of your journey to play a vital role in fighting human trafficking! And, we are so glad you like our coffee - we kind of like it too!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

A 2ND CUP is the perfect business model! With a heart to serve not only customers, but those suffering among us, it is no wonder A 2ND CUP is already cherished by so many loyal followers. They seek excellence in the product the serve, satisfaction for their customers, and justice for their nation; what isn't to love?

by alicia.murphy.372
11 months ago | Reply

Alicia, thank you so much for your encouraging words! We love our customers and love getting to walk alongside them as they find their place in the fight against human trafficking!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I love how this cause just POPS out in comparison to a lot of others. Creativity is GOOD, freedom is GODLY! May God bless the work of your hands and free those in bondage everywhere.

by scottndot
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you so much for your very kind words! There are some really creative ideas on here and we are so lucky and honored to be one of the 30!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Excited to see this publicity for y'all, hope it leads to good things!

by mathison.ingham
11 months ago | Reply

Thank you, Mathison! We are so honored to be a part of this challenge alongside some other amazing groups!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Yay Erica! I love how you are taking action when most of us just sit by and say how sad it is! You inspire us all.

by karenee16
11 months ago | Reply

Karen, thank you so much for your kind words! The issue of human trafficking can seem incredibly overwhelming, but one of my favorite quotes by Margaret Mead is definitely a factor that keeps me going: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Check out our Facebook page to see what we've been up to! https://www.facebook.com/a2ndcup

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Every cup of coffee helps a survivor of human trafficking rebuild their life. Help 2nd cup help survivors by giving them the vote !!

by mark.raggett
11 months ago | Reply

We agree! Vote for us! :)

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Wonderful coffee,and great people.....cause for fair trade merchandise is amazing

by cindy.ferguson.7140
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks Cindy! We are HUGE supporters of the fair trade movement - another great step towards eliminating labor trafficking.

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

I am amazed at A 2nd Cup for making a huge impact on the Houston area......informing Houston and its visitors about human trafficking and at the same time funding aftercare efforts for survivors! Houston and surrounding cities now have a new knowledge and understanding about human trafficking and they are empowered to do something about by purchasing fair trade coffee and tea!

by lalisembee
11 months ago | Reply

We love empowering people to get involved! Thanks so much for your kind words!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

Sounds great! It is a creative and relevant way to raise awareness and money to stop human trafficking.!

by james.bartlett.7587
11 months ago | Reply

Thanks James! We are really excited about this venture and we have already done a lot to raise awareness in our community!

by ERaggett
11 months ago | Reply

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