Ending a long road trip, the OTOK team made a last stop in Hays. With late nights and early mornings, we caught a break and dropped into a coffee shop. We definitely needed the caffeine, and we needed to breathe.
Oh my…the name of the coffee shop is Breathe!
I noted the “free meals” sign in the window. Inside, a variety of people, including a bunch of young people at laptop computers, were scattered about. A Monday-Sunday chalkboard listed civic events, and personalized coffee mugs lined the walls. The restroom was candle-lit and offered support for victims of violence.
This is no Starbucks, I thought.
We soon met Patrick, proprietor of the non-profit known as Breathe. Pat pulled up a chair. An hour later, after hearing about OTOK, he said “count me in.” Pat is now at our table.