Opening in Savannah: Bitty & Beau’s coffee shop that employs people with disabilities

Bitty & Beau’s coffee shop – which gives people with disabilities the chance to work – is opening in Savannah this month.

Founder Amy Wright named the shop after her two children who have Down syndrome.

The mission of the Wilmington-NC based organization is to employ those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and more.

The Savannah shop will be at 319 West Congress St. and is expected to open in October.

Wright anticipates hiring approximately 20 employees with disabilities, along with a small support staff at the Savannah coffee shop, which is the third Bitty & Beau’s location. The second location is in Charleston, SC @ 159 Church St.

Wright, recipient of the CNN Hero of the Year Award for 2017, said in her acceptance speech, “My children are not broken. My employees are not broken. 200 million people across the world living with an intellectual or developmental disability are not broken. What is broken is the lens through which we view people with disabilities. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a new lens, one that changes the way that people see other people.”

Bitty & Beau’s employees launched a new social media campaign titled #notbroken.

Learn about hiring opportunities here.

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