Workers with special needs thriving at Missouri coffee shop
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In a small Missouri town about an hour south of St. Louis, there’s an old building that used to be a pool hall, then a pharmacy, then a post office.
Now, something unique is brewing.
Common Grounds opened in 2019, with the specific intention of hiring workers with special needs.
The coffee shop is funded by a taxing entity in St. Genevieve County. Deputy Sheriff Jason Schott is the chairman.
They bought the old post office and then partnered with Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company out of St. Louis.
Schott says while the coffee is great, the biggest draw for customers is definitely the employees.