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Chris’s Coffee & Custard dedicated to training and hiring people with disabilities

Published: Mar. 6, 2021 at 12:14 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A coffee and custard shop focused on creating opportunities for employment for people with special abilities opened Saturday in Roanoke.

Chris’s Coffee & Custard is at 1824 9th Street SE, Suite B, across from Industry Avenue.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, employees celebrated the grand opening of the shop with the community. It employs 14 young adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

Beth Woodrum opened the store with her son, Chris, who has Down Syndrome. The coffee shop is a job site for Woodrum’s nonprofit that trains people with special abilities - LoveABLE Services.

“We want our community to come and just to see our young adults and the skills they have and what they can do, and you know we’re hoping also that we have some opportunity for other business owners that come and that they’re able to see our young adults and their jobs they can do, and maybe think, we might have an opportunity to employ an individual with a special ability,” Woodrum, who co-owns Chris’s Coffee & Custard with her son Chris, said.

This is the first business in Roanoke dedicated specifically to employing people with special abilities.

The store is open Mondays from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays - Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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