My name is Chad Eastin, I am the “Roaster” and one of the managers at the Five80 Coffeehouse. I have been working for the Five80 for just over two years.
I transitioned from teaching high school math into the coffee world because I believe in what Five80 represents and the opportunity it would provide for ministry. Since I have started here I have developed relationships that have far surpassed my expectations. From the poorest, most down and out, to the wealthy business person all coming in to see a smiling face, someone familiar and ready to greet them and even lend an ear when needed. The relationships also range from simple greetings all the way to people who have poured out their lives and struggles hoping to find some solace. I have seen people fail and I have seen people succeed.
One such story of success was a young man that walked in the door one day, fresh out of jail, and told of his plight. He had a newborn, but was homeless and needing a job. He was penniless and needed an ID before he could apply for a job. I gave him the $25 for him to purchase an ID, fully expecting him to walk out and never return. The next day he was back in with a smile and a job! He has since moved on to a higher paying job and I get to see him and his daughter around town and here lately, he has been showing up at my church! God is good and uses His willing followers. The coffeehouse is a great platform for that very thing to happen.