How much money did you spend at your local coffee shop as a college student? Hey, after all those all-nighters, you probably needed the caffeine boost. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have gotten at least some of that coffee for free?
That’s exactly what two friends, Matt Brown and Matt Ball, are doing. HLN affiliate KOTVreports that the two quit their full-time jobs and opened up a coffee shop at their alma mater, Oklahoma State University, where everything is free. Everything!
"You can come in, enjoy a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, whatever it might be," Brown said.
Their coffee shop is part of a non-profit organization, Firehouse Ministries, whose goal is “to provide a safe environment to allow people to minister and be ministered to.” Brown and Ball say they took a “leap of faith” for a chance to give back to their community.
“If somebody needs prayer, we'll pray with them. If they just need somebody to listen to them, we can do that. We'll help them with their homework,” said Ball.
How can they afford to run a coffee shop that doesn’t bring in profit? Everything in the coffee shop is donated, from the couches, to the TV’s, to the coffee and food. According to the affiliate, Brown and Ball rely on the kindness of others and try to pass that message along to their patrons.
And Firehouse is prospering. Even the owners are surprised at how popular the cause has become in the small town of Bristow.
"It's nice to just have a place where I can relax, I can come up to do my homework, or I can just hang out and talk to the guys," said patron Jeffrey Britt.