This Florida cafe brews great coffee and provides jobs to adults with disabilities

This Florida cafe brews great coffee and provides jobs to adults with disabilities


My name is Brian Schwartz, and
I’m a barista here at Our Grounds. Because of my autism,
I can be very perfectionist. So I’ll just focus on one thing and
not be able to move on to anything else. Whereas this job helps me,
teaches me how to not be so perfectionist and move on to music. We have a lot of customers
coming in ordering stuff. I don’t have too long to just sit and dwell on one thing,
I have to make all the coffees they order.>>So Our Grounds is a nonprofit
that provides training and employment opportunities for
adults with all abilities. So we have a vocational track for
baristas, and then one for cashiers. I was working in the field with a lot
of transitioning adults and teens, and trying to find placement opportunities for
these adults, and I found it really hard. I decided just to take it upon myself,
to give a little more opportunities for these well deserving adults.>>It feels really good that people
are really enjoying our services. I really feel like I’m being
a productive member of society. [MUSIC]

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