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Hope & Coffee releases short film

A nonprofit in Tamaqua has made a significant impact on the community.

In 2018, Hope & Coffee opened its doors on Pine Street in Tamaqua. The venue is much more than a coffee shop. For some it’s a safe place to go and for others it’s an employment opportunity.

Hope & Coffee describes itself as “a place where we can remember those we’ve loved and cared about who were lost to their addictions and … a place where we can celebrate the recovery of those who embrace it.”

The nonprofit, spearheaded by primary benefactor Lisa Scheller, has helped numerous community members over the past two years.

Now, its story can be heard on “Hope & Coffee the Film” which was released on Friday night on its Facebook page.

“We’re releasing a short film about the mission of Hope & Coffee,” said Loren Collura, Hope & Coffee manager. “About how we started, why we started and about Lisa Scheller as our primary benefactor.

“It’s about some of our goals and what we do as Hope & Coffee. We were originally going to release it to the public as a public viewing in person, but considering the pandemic, we decided to do a virtual watch party to release the premiere of the film.”

Collura said the group has been working on the project for well over a year.

“We got a really good film crew to work on this with us. They were there throughout our anniversary to film some of that and very important moments as we went along to capture those for us.”

The film premiere was viewed remotely online in a watch party and is now available at the click of a mouse.

“We did it and redid it multiple times,” Collura said. “We feel that our mission is such a mission of passion. We truly wanted to be able to capture that in a way that our area would really be able to cling to and understand how important the mission is and how heartfelt it is.

“I think viewers will find that between the different testimonies and stories of some of our employees, in addition to Lisa Scheller’s very important part, they’ll really be able to see how meaningful our mission is and how hard we work for that.”

Hope & Coffee is open for up to 25 percent capacity.

Outdoor seating is available. Pickup orders are also available online or by phone.

For more information, visit hopeandcoffee.org, or the Hope & Coffee Facebook page.

A sign on the door of Hope & Coffee during the filming of its short film. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO