The Wrights thought the shop could serve as a place for people with IDD to find jobs, and for patrons to see how hardworking and capable they are. “The coffee shop creates a path for people with IDD to be valued,” Wright said. “I’ve learned that bringing people together is the best way to tear down walls. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee brings people together and creates a culture where diversity is not just appreciated, it’s celebrated.”
Ben and Amy had no experience in the restaurant industry and knew nothing about coffee. But they did know that opening a cafe would give many people with IDD the opportunity to work.
“We took a leap of faith. We didn’t know anything about coffee or running a coffee shop, but we were determined to make it work. When passion and purpose collide, anything is possible,” Amy said.