Local café helping train employees with special needs for real world experience

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CHAGRIN FALLS – A new restaurant in Chagrin Falls is not only serving great food, but it’s also preparing young adults with special needs to join the work force.

“This is our premiere training center, this really is our classroom where we do job training, job coaching and we place out of here into partner businesses in the area,” said Shari Hunter, café owner.

The Chagrin Falls cafe is part of a non-profit organization aimed at providing real-life work experience for people with mild to moderate special needs.

The café works with people with autism, down syndrome, epilepsy and even brain injuries.

Shari Hunter’s son Derek works at the café and he says the program is making a big difference in his life.

“What I am learning here is to help and also, greeting customers and working on the cash registers,” said Derek Hunter.

Colleen Kubek’s son is doing an internship at the café, she says he’s always excited to come to work and be a part of the team.

The Two Café and Boutique will have their official grand opening on Saturday May 16.

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