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Brewing up Hope

$8,275 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 159 people in 2 months
We are on a mission to end the aging out foster youth crisis once and for all.  Truly.  

First, let's define terms.  "Aging out" refers to a child in the foster system turning 18 and leaving care.  This means they no longer have a place to live or a support system to help them during the crucial years of transitioning from childhood to adulthood.   There are 23,000 leaving care every year in the US. 10,000 in Great Britain and the statistics of what happens to them are heartbreaking.  20% are homeless, there is only a 3% chance they will receive higher education, only 1 in 2 will have employment by the age of 24, 7 out of 10 girls will be pregnant by 21 and 25% are suffering from PTSD.

What are we doing about it?

Well, we are making tea for starters.  A cuppa is the answer to everything, right?  In this case it really is.  We founded Albion Tea Co. 1.5 years ago to ethically source and handcraft unique brews inspired by our favourite fandoms.  Then we realized we could go a step further and make the business a platform to engage the foster youth population both stateside and in the UK.  Beyond the Brew was born, and we haven't looked back since!

How does this work?

We are setting out to prove a system with our #littleteacompanythatcould.  That system consists of several facets:

1. Creating a safe work environment to employ aging out foster youth within our company
2. Building a mentoring system to connect participants with the community they need to thrive
3. Providing housing through a tiny home village initiative, first on lavender and tea farms we are prepping to launch through Albion Tea Co and then beyond

Our big, bold vision:

Once we prove this system within our own company, we will then set out to train and equip other businesses to initiate the same structure.  Imagine if every region had even one business doing this.  Then every major city, then every town.  Working together, we can literally ERASE the aging out foster youth crisis one and for all.

How you can help!

We have been running Albion Tea Co. on our own meager personal funds for the past year and a half and have now reached the point of needing major funding to move forward.  A worldwide mission needs a worldwide team to make it happen and this is where YOU come in!  Every donation, which you can make right here on GoFundMe, brings us closer to making a lasting impact for the future of foster youth.  The beauty of our business model is that as our business grows, so does Beyond the Brew.  The end goal is for Albion Tea Co. to completely support Beyond the Brew, which means we will only be reliant on raised funds for a short time to get us off the ground.   

The specifics:

We have just relocated to Richmond, Virginia to partner with World Horizons as we propel our foster youth program forward.  Virginia has one of the highest percentages of aging out youth in the nation making it an ideal location for us to launch Beyond the Brew.  We have opportunity to establish our first brick and mortar location, housing a store front, tea cafe and crafting/shipping space.  As soon as we are operating out of a store front we can officially begin hiring, launch the mentoring program and so much more!   This GoFundMe campaign will pave our way into the retail location, covering everything from rent, legal fees, cafe and shoppe set up, advertising and marketing for the new location, and significant product expansion in addition to funds to hire our aging out employees, admin team, and managers.  Once we are established here, then we move on to the next phase, launching Albion UK, with our very own tea and lavender farm.  Its just the beginning, so come join us as we brew up hope around the globe.

DONATE.  SHARE.  DRINK ALL THE TEA.

https://www.albionteacompany.com/ 
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Wow!!! We just hit $8,000 thanks to a super generous donor! Thank you!!! Only $2K to go to hit our goal now. We are so close to launching Beyond the Brew and opening our shop doors, I can feel it!
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We are hard at work paining primer on the shop walls, prepping the concrete floor for painting (we are putting a gorgeous dark green stain down on the floor for a unique look!), and working on all the ins and outs of getting our business back online. We are SO CLOSE with funding to be able to get back online with tea sales AND open our Richmond shop by ***August***! Yep, August!!! Finishing out this fundraiser will put us on the home stretch! Thank you so much to everyone who has been helping us move our social enterprise forward. We literally couldn't be doing this without you. Please keep up the sharing and donating to meet our 10K goal and get Beyond the Brew on a roll!
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Another $400 was just donated to our GoFundMe Campaign! Thank you, thank you to our generous donor! We are now at $7850 of a $10,000 goal: SO CLOSE! These funds are going towards the paint, flooring, furniture, signage, licensing, set up and stocking of our social enterprise center for Albion Tea Co and Beyond the Brew. Help us get back in business and start making a sustainable impact on young adults leaving foster care who desperately need hope and help through the network we are building to provide employment, mentoring and housing. Check out our GoFundMe for more details and donate today.
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Demo and reno are underway in our tea shoppe! This cool old building is going to get an amazing transformation with YOUR help...becoming a beautiful place radiating hope for foster youth and serving up delicious cuppas for RVA. (And when we hit phase 2, getting back online to ship worldwide!). We still have a ways to go funding wise to face lift, fit out and open our building. We are on the clock to get it done and open our doors by July which is when we begin paying monthly rent on the building. We are living on the edge, scrounging odd jobs to feed our family while we do this work ourselves so we are 100% dependant on your help to fund the process and grease the wheels that will transform the crisis for aging out foster youth in (at least) two countries. We dream big and we work hard but we can't do this journey alone. Thank you to everyone who has already come alongside us to help! We are so close to our initial GoFundMe goal...please help us soar over it! Phoenix out of ashes. This is us. Together.
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