Houston coffee shop gets $100K donation to help combat human trafficking

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HOUSTON — When it comes to human trafficking in Houston, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.

There's no better place to do that than at  A 2nd Cup coffee shop located in the Heights.

With each cup-of-Joe, this non-profit is raising awareness.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Houston is the largest hub for human trafficking in the nation.

Thanks to Reliant Energy, A 2nd Cup has been awarded $100,000 to help survivors transition and transform their lives.

"This money specifically means we're able to start a program to provide real life skills so that survivors of human trafficking can learn tools and skills to be able to get into the workforce once they've recovered from the trauma that they've experienced," the coffee shop's founder and executive director, Erica Raggett, said.

Reliant Gives! is a crowd-sourcing program.

"It's a way for our employees to nominate and for the public to select the charity and the non-profit that means the most to them," said Reliant president Elizabeth Killinger.

A 2nd Cup percolated the most online votes over the past 10 days.

The transition program idea had been brewing for awhile; they just needed money. Thanks to Reliant Gives, A 2nd Cup now runneth over.