Most bosses avoid meddling in their employees’ personal lives, but Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud are different.

They co-founded Purple Door Coffee, a Denver-based nonprofit that employs young people “who have been homeless and want to leave homelessness behind.” The shop provides a 52-week curriculum, teaching employees practical skills — like budgeting and banking — as well as the know-how to improve their physical, emotional and mental health.

“We believe that every human being has incredible value,” Smesrud, the group’s program director, said in a video on the coffee shop’s website, which is also posted above. “It’s not defined by their successes or their failures, but the fact that they’re human.”

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