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More than a Cup of Joe: Coffee Shop Gives Adults With Mental Disabilities A Chance to Work

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There's a coffee shop in Wilmington, North Carolina,

serving up more than just your average cup of joe.

Talia Wise joins us now to tell us

about the shop that is giving people with special needs

the chance to work.

Well, Efrem, you won't find a more welcoming shop

than Bitty & Beau's in Wilmington, North Carolina.

This shop gives people with special needs

the chance to work.

And it's putting smiles on everyone's faces.

Bitty & Beau employees welcome customers, take drink orders,

and run the cash register.

The shop's owner Amy Wright says it was an idea God gave her.

And it was inspired by her own two children

who have Down syndrome.

Hi.

My name's Beau.

And this is Bitty.

Say hi.

Hi.

We're brother and sister.

And we love singing and dance.

TALIA: These two are not looking for jobs right now,

but their mom has always had a heart to help people like them.

You see, almost everyone on staff has a disability,

from Down syndrome to autism and even cerebral palsy.

But thanks to Amy, they're living out their work dreams

and having a good time doing it.

The shop is a big hit in this town.

Amy told us the best part of her job

is building a community of acceptance, inclusion,

and love.

Not a day goes by that tears aren't shed.

And they're happy tears because we feel

like we're making a difference.

And we see that when guests come in,

and their hearts are changed.

TALIA: Her crew is the heart behind this business,

and they are helping to bridge a gap in Wilmington.

So if you're ever in the Wilmington area,

stop by and grab a cup of joe.

That's CBN good news.

I'm Talia Wise.

Until next time, make time to spread

a little bit of good news.

Good news indeed.

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