Friday, April 30, 2010

Good News Friday!

Most Tuesday mornings at Imagine!’s Lafayette office building, visitors to our kitchen area are greeted by a group of employees from Steamers Coffee Shop selling coffee, tea, and other goodies. Steamers is not your average coffee shop. Steamers proudly counts among their employees many individuals with developmental disabilities.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that I consider supported employment to be mutually beneficial for the consumers who work hard for their paychecks, the businesses that learn from a diverse work crew, and the community members who can see first hand the contributions individuals with developmental disabilities are able to offer if given the chance.

So I salute Steamers for their vision that it is possible to run a business which is sustainable, successful, and employs people with developmental disabilities, while offering their community a high-quality product. Keep up the good work, Steamers!

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