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'No Limits': New Jersey Restaurant to Train and Employ Adults With Disabilities

Kate Heiser : Feb 12, 2020  LiveAction News

"When you turn 21, it's called falling off the cliff. And there's not a lot of meaningful employment for people with intellectual disabilities, not a lot of college programs. So we decided, let's figure out something to do." -Stephanie Cartier

[LiveAction.org] This week, a New Jersey restaurant was busily preparing to open its doors. While a new restaurant is not unusual, this one is different than most. No Limits Cafe in Middletown has a focus on hiring almost exclusively adults who have developmental disabilities. (Image: No Limits Cafe-Facebook /via LiveAction)

While adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) often are willing and able to work, a majority of them are underemployed or unemployed. The Arc, an organization that is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of the intellectually and developmentally disabled, asserts that adults with I/DD comprise "one of the most overlooked talent pools in today's labor force."

According to PIX11, the restaurant has hired numerous employees who will prepare and serve meals to paying customers. The employees are trained by professional chefs and volunteers. The cafe plans to serve lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reservations for the No Limits Cafe, which had its soft opening on February 5th, can be made through their website. Other information on the cafe is available on their Facebook page... 

Stephanie Cartier, one of the co-founders, has a 21-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Cartier told PIX11 that the concept for the cafe arose after her daughter graduated from high school... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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