New Calgary coffee shop hires employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities


CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A restaurant that opened in downtown Calgary this previous week is doing much more than simply pouring scorching espresso.

Lil E Espresso Cafe in Solar Life Plaza employs Calgarians with mental and developmental disabilities.

The espresso store’s founder Paul Constance says they’ve employed 10 workers – 5 with autism and 5 with Down syndrome.

“Nearly a clear combine too when it comes to females and males,” he mentioned. “They’re younger adults beginning off. Some have labored earlier than part-time. Half of them have by no means had a job of their life.”

Constance says the employees have deep connections locally.

“There’s numerous of us which were to the Particular Olympics, so that they have an enormous assist and followers round them and coaches and those who wish to see them succeed.”

Constance was impressed by a restaurant in america doing one thing related. He was additionally impressed by his three-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, and her outlook on life.

“So grateful to have a member of the family with Down syndrome simply due to the enjoyment it brings to their household and folks round them, how they simplify life as a result of they don’t see negativity,” he mentioned.

And to date, Constance says the reception to the cafe has exceeded expectations.

“I’m humbled and grateful to reside in such an excellent metropolis. As a result of we’ve had a ton of media consideration, social media and all that jazz. My telephone’s blowing up.”

Calgarians can drop by Lil E Espresso Cafe each weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.