I Have A Bean, ® a Wheaton-based coffee company whose mission is to provide jobs and community for post-prison individuals (and that CommonGood Capital has invested in), has partnered with football star Eddie Jackson and his Remain 2 Reach foundation on two exclusive coffee blends with one common goal – continue to drive awareness towards the employment challenges those impacted by the criminal justice system currently have. In honor of April being United States’ official Second Chance Month, I Have a Bean and Jackson plan to leverage their coffee to support Remain 2 Reach’s community of individuals who have been through our prison systems.
“Jobs are the number one reason for recidivism and most of those who’ve spent time in prison are an afterthought when it comes to employment, especially today’s youth,” said Eddie Jackson. “I’m excited to partner with I Have A Bean who has a shared interest in providing jobs and hope to anyone that’s been touched by the criminal justice system.”
I Have A Bean, who is known for roasting beans selected from the top 1% of coffee from around the world as well as their same-day roast, ship and locally delivered process, has created an exclusive Seasonal Blend that’s currently on sale for $43 per 1lb bag, as a nod to the current 43% three-year post-prison recidivism rate in the State of Illinois. All profits from purchases will be donated to Remain 2 Reach.
“Our mission to employ post-prison people is our brand. To find a like-minded individual that’s not only local, but has the impact that Eddie Jackson has to activate and influence communities, we can’t be more excited about this alignment” said I Have A Bean founder and CEO, Pete Leonard.
Known for being one of the top Safeties in professional football and an All-Pro, Eddie Jackson founded Remain 2 Reach in 2018 to aim to inspire and provide resources to at-risk youths that have been affected by the criminal justice system. Remain 2 Reach connects with as many communities as possible to ensure the foundation can further advance their redemption stories – through connection, education, employment and more. Learn more.