The Monkey & The Elephant is Philadelphia’s first and only non-profit coffee shop employing and supporting former foster youth, and Philadelphia VIP has been with them every step of the way. When they were looking to move from a city program that provided free space to their first brick-and-mortar location, The Monkey & The Elephant needed to review possible leases of new spaces in a short period of time. They reached out to VIP seeking help in drafting and reviewing commercial lease agreements.
With the help of a VIP attorney William C. Rhodes and Chris Jones of Ballard Spahr, The Monkey & The Elephant opened their first location with confidence in their lease. When the pandemic hit and The Monkey & The Elephant faced more legal questions, they reached out to VIP’s new Ask an Attorney program for help.
VIP matched the organization with another volunteer attorney, Eric M. Schweiker from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, for a one-hour consultation on employment and unemployment assistance. They were able to move forward with this information, and continue serving the Philadelphia community.