Phoenix cafe giving second chance to people with drug, trauma issues

Posted at 5:06 AM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 09:29:39-04

It's a new day for Seanna Perry. 

Really, this is part of a new life for her. Just a couple years ago, Seanna’s life was much different. 

"To just function as a human being, you had to have heroin," said Seanna. "You had to have it." 

At just 19 years old, Seanna started abusing prescription drugs and progressed to heroin. "My 20's — I don't remember my 20's at all."

Today, Seanna is sober and working here at the Mission Possible Cafe

It's part of the Phoenix Rescue Mission, a place where men, women and children come to overcome homelessness, addiction and trauma. 

In the cafe, they go through extensive training in the service industry. They're learning hands-on skills but also a new way of thinking: sobriety. 

When Seanna was on drugs, she says she never planned her work life. 

"You don't even think about vacation or you don't even think about paid days off," said Seanna. "You don't think about things like that." 

It's a mindset Seanna doesn't have anymore. 

"Just remembering that feeling of just emptiness, it reminds me of...if you wanted to go back to that then that's what you're looking forward to. That's what it is right there."

If you would like to support the cafe, its open for breakfast and lunch at 15th Avenue and Van Buren Street.