Posts tagged BeanZ & Co
The BeanZ & Co. Story

Noelle Alix and Kim Morrison met twenty years ago at a mother’s group for children with Down syndrome, and were instantly friends. That first meeting planted a seed that today has grown into BeanZ & Co., an inclusive coffee café employing individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities—a place where everyone belongs. Watch “The BeanZ & Co. Story” videos by clicking read more below.

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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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