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This Coffee Shop Has a Dream for People With Disabilities, and It’s Working

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Dreamers Coffee Merchant Shop creates jobs and opportunities for people with disabilities.

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This Coffee Shop Has a Dream for People With Disabilities, and It’s Working.

Dreamers Merchants Coffee Company began with Founder Diane Grover.

She discovered the hiring rate for people with disabilities was only 20%.

Her daughter has Down syndrome, in preparing for her future, Grover wanted to find a way to increase that hiring rate.

The first branch was opened in 2015 in Cordovo, Tennessee.

Now there are over 30 branches of Dreamers in the United States.

Dreamers encourages people to open their own store by filling out an application on their site.

Dreamers hires individuals with a disability to work alongside those without a disability to create an inclusive environment.

“One of the most compelling things that we have seen in this launch is watching people be empowered, taking control of their futures and know that they have an opportunity to run their own business.” – Diane Grover

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Originally published: August 7, 2017
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