Phoenix coffee shop benefits local communities

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- It's National Coffee Day and The Refuge Cafe is celebrating by donating all of its proceeds to local community programs.

All profits go to funding Catholic Charities programs.

"We do services from My Sisters Place in the East Valley which is a domestic violence shelter to Head Start in the West Valley to working with homeless Veterans in our apartments," Clifton Maxwel of Catholic Charities said. "We have a whole range of services."

The Refuge Cafe, a Phoenix coffee and wine bar, is offering any size drip coffee for $1 or three bags of Cafe Esperanza for $25 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"The Refuge Cafe is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities which means that all the proceeds of this for-profit cafe go to benefit local community programs," Maxwel said.

They serve breakfast items, sandwiches, salads and other light fare daily. They also have happy hour, live music and special events.

The Refuge also features a gallery of hand-crafted art made by refugees from around the world. Proceeds from the sale of the art benefit the artist directly.

For more information on the coffee shop, visit www.therefugeaz.com. For more information on Catholic Charities visit www.catholiccharitiesaz.org.