Abilene Coffee Shop Brews Up A Chance To Work

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - For the people who live and work at the Abilene State Supported Living Center, it can be a challenge to get a job in the outside community without much work experience. But a brand new shop on the Center's campus can give them that much needed experience.

Vocational services director Debbie Pearce says working is very important, especially for the people of the Center. "Having employment opportunities builds self-confidence. It builds relationships and friendships, and it just makes us complete in who we are."

Lone Star Coffee and Tea House gives the men and women of the State Supported Living Center real experience in an operating business. More than just experience, the workers earn money for their time. But it still means something more.

Timacka Phillips, rehab therapy tech, says that opening the shop sends a message of acceptance. "They're smart. They can do just as much as anyone else."

She adds, "It's just awareness for people to know we're out here and working, and we're making a difference for them and ourselves."

It's a special and life changing job for everyone involved. Pearce wants nothing more than to see the workers succeed. She says that it's all about passion, "and the love of seeing somebody doing something for the very first time."

Pearce pauses for a moment before saying, "Celebrating their accomplishments is just so heartwarming."

Coffee, tea, and some fruits and pastries are all available, and the shop is open to the public, so anybody can come help out, just by showing up.

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