The Forge, a small café, shop, and craft center, is a part of New Hope’s unique Investment Year (IY) program. It is run by IY interns who make its food, restock its shelves, and manage its accounts. For those living at Kasana Chlidren’s Center, it is one of the main places to buy food and even household goods. For Teams and visitors it is a place to grab a snack and purchase local crafts.
The profits from the Forge go to help support the IY program—another way New Hope tries to promote self-sufficiency. In addition, the shop helps to provide valuable business and life skills for the IYs as they manage a real business.