Local Northport Businesses Come Together to Support Career Opportunities for Special-Needs Individuals

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Our Coffee with a Cause Signs Deal with Jason’s Market, Product Demo Planned for Sunday, January 17

NORTHPORT, NEW YORK — Our Coffee with a Cause, Inc. (OCC), a local business that employs individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities and funds local charities that support them, recently signed an agreement with Jason’s Market located at 1019 Fort Salonga Road in Northport, New York. The companies will team up on Sunday, January 17 at 12:30 p.m. to present a customer demonstration at the store, hosted by co-owner Brittney Wohl, who is autistic, and OCC employees Joseph Modica, who has Down syndrome, and Christopher Hall, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

As part of the demonstration, Brittney and Joseph will provide samples of the coffee to Jason’s Market customers. After the presentation, the retailer will have available on its shelves each of OCC’s bagged, whole-bean micro-roasted varieties, which includes Colombian, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla, Sumatran, Hazelnut, Decaf, and Fair-trade Organic options.

Our Coffee with a Cause was founded in 2012 by Stacey Wohl, mother of co-owners Brittney and Logan, in response to the growing concern for special-needs individuals on Long Island who are aging out of schools to find job opportunities and a learning environment to acquire real-life skills. The family members have dedicated their time to helping other special-needs teens and adults by providing gainful employment opportunities in a supportive business setting.

In addition to hosting product demonstrations, employees help apply labels to the bags, coordinate shipments and present sales and informational events, during which they work with an assistant to sell coffee and products using a custom-designed iPad app. A portion of the business proceeds from these events benefit Our Own Place, a non-profit organization founded by Stacey Wohl to provide grants to other organizations that support Autism-related causes.

“We’re excited to be able to offer Our Coffee with a Cause products direct to Long Islanders through one of the region’s finest privately owned retailers, Jason’s Market,” says Stacey Wohl. “As Northport residents, it’s also great to be able to partner with a local business that we’ve frequented for years. We appreciate support from Jason’s Market in our mission to employ special-needs adults. We look forward to a long-term business relationship with this store.”

Although 53 million adults in the United States are living with a disability, as many as 70 percent of this working-age population are currently unemployed. For many, the current systems in place to support both young adults and their families disappear once the teen “ages out” of the education system, typically when they turn 21. Nearly 500,000 autistic persons will enter this category this year, in addition to adults with Down Syndrome and other cognitive conditions.

For more information, visit www.ourcoffeewithacause.net.

 

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About Our Coffee with a Cause

Our Coffee with a Cause was founded in 2012 in response to the growing need of special-needs individuals on Long Island who require employment opportunities and a learning environment to acquire real-life skills. The family-owned and operated business provides gainful employment to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity. A portion of the business proceeds benefit Our Own Place, a non-profit organization that Stacey Wohl founded to provide unique opportunities to special needs children and their single parents. For more information about Our Coffee with a Cause, visit http://www.ourcoffeewithacause.net.