Zoe's Place is a haven in Bergen County, New Jersey–a safe, supervised residence for
homeless, economically disadvantaged pregnant teens, teen moms and their babies. It is funded
through donations and a creative enterprise: Zoe's Cupcake Cafe. Teens are trained to run the
Cafe, providing them with more than just a paycheck. Zoe's Cupcake Cafe is a uniquely nurturing
environment that encourages them to complete their education, set priorities and balance work
and motherhood. It offers a stark contrast to the culture of negativity that teen moms face. "We are
slow to fire employees if they 'mess up,' " says Miriam Bloom, Director of Operations. "Significant
personal transformation happens over time. We set attainable goals–first be a leader at home,
in the family. Leadership is about many things. One aspect of leadership is getting things done."
By helping the girls manage their lives while working and going to school, Zoe's Place and Zoe's
Cupcake Cafe aims to break the cycle of poverty: Studies document that every girl who completes
her education and secures employment positively impacts her children's chances for success.
Grant: $20,000 plus $30,000 for extra hire
www.zoescupcakecafe.com | www.zoesplaceinc.org