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A Coffee House Employing Adults with Special Needs Opens in Roswell

Eater logo Eater 7/26/2019 Beth McKibben
a house that has a sign on a brick building: Owner of Independent Grounds Coffee opens a coffee house in Roswell employing adults with special needs © RUMC Coffee House Owner of Independent Grounds Coffee opens a coffee house in Roswell employing adults with special needs

RUMC Coffee House, a collaboration between Kennesaw’s Independent Grounds Cafe and Roswell United Methodist Church, opened earlier this week on Mimosa Boulevard in the city’s historic downtown. Like Independent Grounds, owned by Lorna Heid, the Roswell coffee shop primarily employs people in the community living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

RUMC’s menu consists of a variety of coffee and espresso drinks and grab-and-go pastries. The shop offers seating inside and outside on the porch and at tables throughout the grounds.

As with her Kennesaw cafe, Heid hopes to showcase what inclusive employment opportunities look like for local businesses who employ adults with special needs.

“For many of our employees, this is their first job opportunity,” Heid says. “So, to see them grow in confidence and develop their skills that they can then take anywhere is such a profound honor. All they need is to be given a chance to shine.”

She plans to continue expanding the Independent coffee shop model to other communities.

Heid opened Independent Grounds Cafe in Kennesaw’s Legacy Park community last March. Her 19-year-old daughter Emma serves as the inspiration for the coffee shop. She suffers from the effects of a traumatic brain injury after contracting meningitis just after she was born.

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

846 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. rumccoffeehouse.com.

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