HomeBrew guest gets back on her feet after a big loss
HomeBrew Coffee Shop helps to support the nonprofit OneHeart that helps guests with a variety of circumstances get back on their feet.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — HomeBrew is giving clients an opportunity for on-the-job training and much more.
Summer Wilson greets customers with a smile and spunky demeanor, but based on her situation Summer could be drowning in gloom but chooses to press on.
Wilson says, “I did the gamble. I did the risk and I lost it all. I fell through all the cracks.”
Summer opened a specialty bakery East River then the pandemic hit and she lost everything.
It left her high and dry with no where to turn- homeless, credit less and penniless.
“I know what it’s like to work hard and hustle to try to have a roof over your head and wonder what you’re gonna do next,” says Wilson. She goes on to say, ” I know what trauma is like. I also know that we can stay stuck in the hardship. The trauma. We can either stay stuck or we can move forward and make different choices.”
She moved to Rapid City, got into the OnHeart program and lives on the campus. Her background lead her to be the manager of HomeBrew.
Wilson adds, “What do you do? You figure something out and I’m glad this is here. Because there’s a lot of us, they are just trying to figure something out. It gives us chance. I love what I’m doing here. I get to bake. I get to make coffee. I’m very much a people person so I get to interact with all kinds of folks and it’s just a great fit.”
Wilson says she is working the program and figuring out what she wants to do next. Her food creations allow her to make magic in the kitchen. She began her love for concocting cuisine with her grandma and says, “Because when I lost my shop it was devastating, devastating and I’m starting over. But this is my new baby. Your day is an adventure. Every day is exciting. I look forward to coming into work. And love baking. I love creating. And I love coming up with different flavors that people are just not expecting.”
Truly loving her job, Summer adds, “I enjoy the whole process taking all these inner ingredients that are boring and bland, and then it’s like kitchen magic, you know, edible alchemy.”
Summer found a place to call home for now until she can get back up on her feet.