Mintz + Hoke: Making an Impact

The Avon, Conn.-based advertising agency Mintz + Hoke is a long-time and valued catering and lunch customer of The New England Pasta Company (Pasta Co.). Right from the start, the agency supported Pasta Co.’s new venture, the inclusive coffee cafe BeanZ & Co., for its fresh-made and healthy offerings, personalized customer service—and mission of inclusive employment.

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A Life Comes Full Circle

When you stop into BeanZ & Co. you’ll often see Deb Cervas working or reading a book with a cup of tea, or meeting friends for lunch. She’s a regular in the coffee shop and café and the former inclusion specialist at the Simsbury Public Schools. An educator who champions inclusive education for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Deb along with BeanZ & Co. believes everyone belongs.

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A First Job

Finding a first job is tough for young adults. Being a first employer for those with and without IDD is an important part of the BeanZ & Co. mission. “At BeanZ & Co., we aim to be a first stop on a career path – a place to learn skills and cultivate a sense of purpose that our employees will carry with them well beyond our doors,” says Noelle Alix, co-owner, BeanZ & Co. And this visionary approach is changing lives for the better.

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Meet a Few of Our Team BeanZ Lunch Crew

Our employees are the heart and soul of BeanZ & Co. We call them, Team BeanZ. Day in and day out, they help us prepare and serve delicious food and care for our customers with the highest quality service – and always with a smile. The editorial staff at “Where Everyone Belongs” sat down with three members of our Team BeanZ lunch crew to hear the scoop on everything BeanZ!! 

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Favarh: The Arc of the Farmington Valley

When Steve Morris, executive director, The Arc of the Farmington Valley (Favarh), met Kim Morrison and Noelle Alix, co-founders of BeanZ & Co., they instantly connected. The three had heard of each other and their shared missions to employ those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in an inclusive setting.

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The Be Thoughtful Movement

Susan Johnson and Steve Tarca are married and have a blended family of five adult children. Susan’s son Harold is 22 years old and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. During the past two years, as he approached “aging out” of school services, Susan and Steve knew things would change, and so did Harold. The Be Thoughtful Movement was born.

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