Greenwich coffee shop trains workers with developmental disabilities to acquire skills to succeed

Coffee For Good on Maple Avenue offers a training platform for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2021, 12:18 AM

Updated 1,047 days ago

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A new Greenwich coffee shop is giving its employees a chance at leading more independent lives.
Coffee For Good on Maple Avenue offers a training platform for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sofia Viola, who is on the board of Coffee For Good, says people with disabilities suffer from chronic unemployment rates of over 80%. The mission is to curve that statistic by giving trainees the skills they need to find a job in their local communities.
"They will let us know which skills do they require for the jobs, so we'll try to train our trainees with those skills," Viola explains.
Deborah LaBerge, the volunteer coordinator for Coffee For Good says right now they have 24 trainees who will eventually be looking for jobs in six to 12 months.
"They want the same things that all of us want. They want to live independently as many of them are doing in group homes, and they want to have the satisfaction of having a job and being productive," LaBerge says.
The soft opening of Coffee For Good was two weeks ago and the grand opening will be in this fall.


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