The New Avenue Café in Havertown is giving some disabled workers on the job training in a safe and comfortable environment, writes Bill Rohrer for Fox 29.
“We want to provide a space, a comfy space, a homey space, a family-oriented space where people can come and see everybody that has a difference,” said Jim Wurster, CEO of the New Avenue Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and autism have meaningful lives.
His daughter, Alicia, has autism and is his inspiration.
People with disabilities volunteer for a few hours a week. Once the café starts making money, the volunteers will receive a paycheck, Wurster explained.
The café is located in the newer Kelly Center for Music Arts and Community.
So far, feedback from the community has been very positive.
“We are finding out that this is a need that hasn’t been fulfilled. As we see people come through the door, people say this is great what you are able to do here. It is great that my son or daughter has a place to come and work, feel needed,” said Paul Kelly, co-owner of the community center.
Read more about this unique coffee shop here.