- Field of intervention
- Vocational training
- Supported organization
- Lotus House
- Country and localization
- USA, Miami
- Supported people
- 40 women in difficulty
- Project helped in
- Amount of the support
- 25,000 euros
“Barista Bar”: barmaid training in Miami for 40 highly disadvantaged women
Founded in 2004 in Miami, Lotus House is an American NGO that is dedicated to improving the lives of highly disadvantaged women and their children, most of whom are homeless, by providing the resources they need to heal, grow and flourish.
In addition to its various counselling and training activities, Lotus House set up a professional training programme for barmaids and related services at the end of 2014. The teams from seven North American Sofitel hotels and the teams from the Miami headquarters who were already involved in the association (collecting goods, clothing and food) joined this ambitious hospitality-related project.
In 2015, Solidarity Accor is supporting the development of this programme by helping with the medical and social assistance to beneficiaries and sharing the costs of training and furnishing the raw materials for the bar.
Marc Pichot, General Manager Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile
"The Social Responsibility Committee for Sofitel North America wanted to make a difference and really support one of our local initiative to a bigger scale, then we selected the Lotus House in Miami. It has been an in lighting and overwhelming experience because not only the Barista Bar will provide job training and work opportunity to homeless women but as well help their children to have a better start in life."
Sandra Duhamel, Director of Communications & Public Relations AccorHotels North America, Central America and the Caribbean
"It is important to be partners with organizations that support the development of individuals in need. The Lotus House Barista Program empowers participating women and teaches them skills that will allow them to build a career and achieve greater self-sufficiency and eventually be able to transition from homelessness to a better way of life.”