GCSC hiring people with mental disabilities for new coffee shop

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PANAMA CITY, FLA. (WMBB) — Gulf Coast State College officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to welcome a new cafe, which will be managed in part by people with disabilities.

“Inklusion” coffee shop is a partnership between Gulf Coast State College and Arc of the Bay, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities to adults with mental disabilities.

This is just the first planned partnership. The college plans to open another shop in October, followed by a restaurant in the student union. Arc of the Bay Executive Director Ron Sharpe believes the cafe is a great way to give his clients equal opportunities.

“12 to 14 individuals that again will be able to get the chance to experience what it means to be valued,” Sharpe said. “What it means to be able to be a part of an organization. Learning employment skills, and life skills. And making a difference.”

Arc of the Bay expects to hire more clients for the shops as more graduate from the culinary program.

To learn more, or to donate, visit their website.

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