Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A story worthy of the Christmas season ...

I had read about this before and was thrilled to see that it got the national attention that it deserves. The woman in the photo is Amy Wright. She is the recipient of the 2017 CNN hero of the year award and says she owes it all to these two children that were her inspiration.

Amy and her husband had read that 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities never get jobs and they decided this would not be the case for them. Amy's brain storm was a coffee shop with a unique staff made up solely of those with disabilities. They named it “Bitty & Beau's Coffee” in honor of their two children with Down's Syndrome.

They opened their shop in 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina and it became so popular that they had to move to a new and larger location. They now employ 40 people with disabilities, as well as two managers who have degrees in special education.

The success of “Bitty & Beau's Coffee” is a prime example of the gifts we can give and receive if we just open our eyes to the possibilities. And to make it even more exciting all the profits go to Wright's non-profit, Able to Work, USA.



Blogger possum said...

What a great story!!!!! I am impressed - and so happy for the opportunity these folks are giving others. Just think of their Karmic award!!!!!

I know of at least one Museum here in VA that employs differently-abled individuals, ticket takers, those who care for the exhibits, janitorial staff and so much more. When we took the grandkids there a couple years ago, I was so impressed with the staff, and you could see how proud they were of being employed... a friend who used to work there in management said they were the best workers, seldom missed any work, did not keep sneaking peeks at their cell phones, were always neat and clean.
We don't know until we try, do we?

2:51 PM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

So heart-warming, Ginnie. Thank you for sharing!

5:59 PM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Perfect!!!:) No Christmas cards this year as we're downsizing many this but our annual message will be on Troutbirder in few days...:)
Barb and Ray

6:08 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

We have a coffee shop like that in town. I really should go sometime.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

What a delightful and warm story. God bless those amazing folks.

8:27 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

What a wonderful thing to do. Next time I'm there, I will make certain I go there!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ginnie!

8:29 AM  
Blogger joared said...

Delightful Christmas story! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

This story was truly worthy of what the season and all-year long should be about, Ginnie, but sadly it is not. Thanks for sharing and wishing much continued success to this business. Also sending best wishes to you for a great 2018.

2:56 PM  

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