Express Compassion to our Community through Coffee

$10,010 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 6 months
Created November 14, 2018
Coffeehouse Five

Help us expand compassion in our community by making more free marriage and addictions counseling available.

As many of you know, Michelle and I have been operating Coffeehouse Five , Johnson County’s only For-Benefit coffeehouse, for the last 8 years. We exist for the benefit of our community, using sales of our house-roasted coffee and house-made pastries and sandwiches to express compassion through our free marriage and addictions counseling.

As we’ve grown, so have the needs of our community. Through the first 10 months of 2018 we have provided free counseling to 101 clients. But we know there are even more couples and individuals in need of free counseling services.

In 2019 we specifically want to address two needs we have been unable to meet so far:

1. We want to hire a female counselor to meet one-on-one with females.

 2. We want to establish a reserve fund we can use to pay for services provided by other health care professionals. We often have the need to refer individuals to another counselor. But this is usually beyond the financial ability of our clients. We want to be able to help them get the help they need.


In order to meet these needs, and continue to provide free marriage and addictions counseling to as many as possible, we need to expand our coffeehouse sales.

So we will be working together with our friends at Marshmallow Monkey, another community-minded business in Franklin, to do more good together than we ever could separately. The family-owned and operated business has established a pattern of helping non-profits in the past (like their current neighbors, ByTavi and INSTEP, a substance use disorder coalition in Indianapolis) and now look to focus on their family as they move their primary operation to the country in order to make their family a priority.

In 2019, we will be taking over their space on the square in downtown Franklin at 41 West Monroe, offering all the best coffee, sandwiches, and pastries Greenwood has come to love. In addition, we will preview each week’s Marshmallow Monkey treasures featured at their farm in Martinsville, and offer for sale selected Marshmallow Monkey favorites and #IhavePeopleInFranklin swag.  We will also be a location for pick up of online orders which Marshmallow Monkey will be expanding with this move.

By expanding our sales and extending our community by working collectively with Marshmallow Monkey, we will be able to express even more compassion to couples and individuals in need.

 But we need help to do this. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to build out and equip the new location to operate as a full-service coffeehouse, as well as have offices for counseling and group meetings. Whatever you give, it will help us express compassion to more couples and individuals in need of support and encouragement.

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One of our long-time supporters recently contacted us wanting to help us move forward in getting the Franklin location. So she wrote the following letter and asked it to get it in the hands of as many people as possible. So we thought we'd share it here as well:


I am a personal friend of Brian and Michelle Peters, a long-time supporter of their ministries, and the recipient of much-needed counseling from Brian during a family crisis. When Brian became a pastor at Community Church of Greenwood, his first funeral was for my husband, Rick, in 2001. This family has been an important part of my life ever since.

You all know Brian and Michelle, too, in many different capacities. I hope one thing that stands out about them is their love for Jesus and their willingness to sacrifice much in His name. At Coffeehouse Five, they offer free counseling services to those in at-risk marriages and to those with addiction issues. Between 2015 and 2018, Brian logged in over 1500 counseling hours. The value of these free services—at a conservative estimate of $75 per hour—is roughly $112,500.00. Because Coffeehouse Five is a for-benefit organization, the profits go either to support its free counseling services or community-outreach organizations. To date, Coffeehouse Five has donated over $26,000 back into the community. And… Brian also pastors the Coffeehouse Five Church!
When I think of Brian and Michelle, I think of Matthew 25:40: The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Brian and Michelle have done much for their community to reflect the love of Christ. Now they are reaching out for help from you to expand their Coffeehouse Five ministries.

If you have not heard, Coffeehouse Five is expanding with a new location at 41 W Monroe Street in Franklin (previously the home of The Marshmallow Monkey). Brian and Michelle need to raise $50,000 for the first phase of renovations and for new equipment. They would love to open in time to benefit from the people who visit the Farmers’ Market, the new duckpin bowling alley, and the many festivals that Franklin has to offer in the summer months. $50,000 sounds like such a huge sum, but really it is just the tip of the iceberg to begin to fund the many dreams that this couple has for their new location. If you haven’t talked to Brian and Michelle in a while, give them a call and ask about their plans to expand their ministries. You will get your checkbooks out quickly!
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up
and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you
doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the
tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you
realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a
difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw
it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.”

Please help Brian and Michelle make a difference to the “starfish” in their community. Give big and give soon!

With love and blessings

Barbara Potter
friend and fan of Brian and Michelle Peters and their ministries
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Do you know how Coffeehouse Five got it's start? Check out this video for the story.
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We don’t like to talk about ourselves, so you’ve not heard many specifics about how we extend compassion to our community. However, since we’re asking you for donations, we wanted to share some numbers with you.

So far in 2018 we’ve met with 105 couples and individuals for marriage or addictions counseling. 78 of them returned for at least one additional session, with the average being 5 total sessions. This means we’ve provided over 400 hours of free marriage and addictions counseling, valued at over $50,000, just during the first 10 months of 2018.

Additionally, as part of our giving back campaign, we have donated over $15,000 the last two years to other local non-profits working with us to build a stronger community. Organizations we’ve supported include The Boaz Project, Salvation Army, Exodus Refugee, The Lyn House, Beacon of Hope, andThe Social of Greenwood.

We’re grateful to all of our customers over the last 4 years whose purchases helped us extend amazing compassion to our community. But there’s so much more we want to do for our community, and we can only do it with your help. Any amount will help us extend even more compassion to our community. And don’t forget to share our page with your friends!
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$10,010 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 6 months
Created November 14, 2018
Coffeehouse Five
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Coffeehouse Five
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Greenwood, IN
EIN: 271465445
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