FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hank Russell (631) 207-1057, ext. 110
John Zaher (631) 207-1057, ext. 107
PRMG New York
December 10, 2015
Special-Needs Employees Gain Valuable Job Experience at
Our Coffee with a Cause’s Sales and Information Events
CAPTION [photo1]: Stacey Wohl (center), President/Founder, Our Coffee with a Cause, displays the company’s coffee products with her employees during a sales and information event at the Larkfield IGA supermarket in East Northport.
CAPTION [photo2]: Grace C., an employee with Our Coffee with a Cause, sells one of the company’s coffee bags to a customer during a sales and information event at the Larkfield IGA supermarket in East Northport.
GLEN COVE, NEW YORK — Our Coffee with a Cause held sales and information events at the Larkfield IGA supermarket in East Northport on November 1 and November 28, in recognition of Small Business Saturday. On both occasions, the company’s employees — comprised of special-needs teens and adults — received valuable on-the-job training as they learned how to make sales transactions and interact with customers.
As part of the training, the employees asked prospective customers if they were interested in buying any of the company’s whole bean or ground coffee products: Colombian, French Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Hazelnut and Sumatra, decaffeinated and organic, along with the company’s K-Cup variations. They also explained that the sales proceeds would go to benefit Our Own Place, which aims to provide educational and job training programs, such as those available at Our Coffee, for special-needs persons. The organization also provides a supportive community for children and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and their families.
Many of the employees have verbal or non-verbal autism, which may make it difficult for them to communicate with other people. In order overcome this obstacle with the customers, the employees used an app on an additional iPad app that plays a prerecorded message. Those who purchased the coffee during the event handed money to the employees, who logged the sales transaction using a specially designed app on an iPad and then gave out the proper change and emailed a receipt.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in every 50 children is diagnosed with autism, a mental disability that makes everyday tasks difficult for those affected and puts a heavy burden on their families. With the divorce rate of parents of special-needs children above the national average, many single parents struggle with their children’s needs and the difficulty of supporting them.
Although 53 million adults in the United States are living with a disability, as many as 70 percent of this working-age population are currently unemployed. For many, the current systems in place to support both young adults and their families disappear once the teen “ages out” of the education system, typically when they turn 21. In 2016, nearly 500,000 autistic persons will enter this category, in addition to adults with Down Syndrome and other cognitive conditions.
Our Coffee with a Cause products are available both online and in select retail stores. The company currently offers fresh-roasted Colombian, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla and Hazelnut, with Decaf and Organic coffee options available.
For more information, or to purchase coffee online, visit www.ourcoffeewithacause.net.
* Photos are attached and available upon request.
About Our Coffee with a Cause
Our Coffee with a Cause was founded in 2012 in response to the growing need of special-needs individuals on Long Island who require employment opportunities and a learning environment to acquire real-life skills. The family-owned and operated business provides gainful employment to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity. A portion of the business proceeds benefit Our Own Place, a non-profit organization that Stacey Wohl founded to provide unique opportunities to special needs children and their single parents. For more information about Our Coffee with a Cause, visit http://www.ourcoffeewithacause.net.