As the lunch hour approaches at Joppy's Deli and Bakery, Hannah St. Clair prepares the dining room for an influx of hungry customers.
"Everybody is so nice," exclaimed St. Clair, who interns at Joppy's through a program for young adults with disabilities.
Restaurant work might be difficult for her under most circumstances, but Joppy's owner Catherine Eubank wants her business to be a place where anyone can be employed"
"There's a need to support our youth," said Eubank, who uses Joppy's as a training ground for people of all skill sets. She keeps workers with special needs paired with more experienced employees, who supervise and teach.
"We're teaching life skills that they can take with them for the rest of their life," Eubank said.
Angelia Harris was a waitress for many years, before being injured in a serious car accident. Joppy's is giving her a chance to do what she loves again.
"It gives me something to look forward to," Harris said. "I enjoy coming to work when I am able."
Eubank wants her business to create something positive in Bedford, not just for the people who work there, but also for her customers.
She participates in a program called "suspended coffee," which allows people to buy food for strangers. When customers pay for their food, they can chose to give the cashier a little extra money to cover someone else's bill.
"It's not just a cup of coffee," explained Eubank. "It could be a bowl of soup, a loaf of bread, or a full meal."
Eubank doesn't expect to make a lot of money running what she calls a "socially conscious" business, but she is getting a rich reward of her own.
"I can not wait to get to work every day," Eubank said.