A METRO COFFEE SHOP DOESN’T ACCEPT TIPS…BUT SINCE CUSTOMERS INSIST ON GIVING THEM.. THEY PUT THE MONEY TO GOOD USE…HELPING SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 41 ACTION NEWS REPORTER LISA BENSON HAS THE STORY YOU WON’T SEE ANYWHERE ELSE. Madison Meyer/Groundhouse Coffee barista Honestly the family aspect of it is what has drawn me too it the most –jenna your color euphoria is ready. MADISON MEYER STARTED WORKING AT GROUNDHOUSE COFFEE IN GARDNER THREE YEARS AGO– EVEN DURING HER INTERVIEW, SHE NOTICED THE “KEEP THE CHANGE JAR.” Meyer I kinda jumped up and down a little bit. because I previously worked as a volunteer for SAFEHOME. BUSINESS OWNERS BETH AND STEVE HINES OPENED THE COFFEE SHOP IN 2012..AND DECIDED not to accept TIPS. Beth Hines/Groundhouse coffee owner We knew that we didn’t want to do tips. We felt like if we’re making you a cup of coffee you really don’t need to tip…but people kept insisting. SO HINES CREATED THE “KEEP THE CHANGE JAR.” Beth Hines/Groundhouse coffee owner the first month was over $300…last month was almost $900.00. THE OWNERS COMMITTED TO DONATING THE MONEY TO A LOCAL CHARITY ON BEHALF OF THEIR CUSTOMERS. THE RECIPIENT? SAFEHOME…JOHNSON COUNTY’S ONLY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGENCY. Janee Hanzlick/SAFEHOME CEO At that time we just started getting check in. And didn’t really know what they were doing. SINCE 2012…GROUNDHOUSE COFFEE HAS DONATED NEARLY 45-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Janee Hanzlick/SAFEHOME CEO $45,000 dollars that can pay for someone’s salary for a whole year to provide therapy or advocacy to a victim of domestic violence. Hines It makes you feel good that you are helping in someway for these women to get out of abusive situations…and the children. GROUNDHOUSE EMPLOYEES TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN HELPING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ESCAPE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Madison Meyer/barista What surprised me the most is the need for it. That’s a shock that you really can never get over. There are so many women and families who need this kind of resource The tip thing, I knew I didn’t need it because i knew it was going somewhere way better. LISA BENSON 41 ACTION NEWS.