CfEE Podcast Episode #5: The HOpe Café – A Coffee Shop with a Social Mission

In this episode we explore another social enterprise – the HOpe Cafe in North Vancouver, a first of its kind in British Columbia.

This episode features an interview with another leader in social enterprise space in the Lower Mainland. Sandra Severs is Executive Director of the North and West Vancouver Branch of Canadian Mental Health Association which owns and operates Hope Café in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health.

Hope Café is a Blenz Coffee located in the HOpe Centre at Lions Gate Hospital that offers a supported and inclusive work environment for those with lived experience with mental health. In this interview, Sandra takes us inside the cafe’s operations and shares with us its successes, challenges and upcoming opportunities.