Several years ago, a study on the number of jobs available to teens in the inner city of Des Moines showed approximately 42 job types (newspaper carriers, fast food, etc.) An additional study revealed that adults held more than half of these jobs, proving that job development was crucial if we wanted to help young people break the generational poverty cycle. This was the driving force behind the founding of Freedom Blend Coffee in 2011 by Freedom for Youth Ministries.
In 2014, the ministry purchased the car wash located just west of the Des Moines campus. With the help of many volunteers, donors, and businesses within the community, the structure was renovated into the coffee shop that stands today.