Brownies and Downies

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Brownies and Downies

Bradley Mattes   |   February 18, 2016

A coffee shop is opening in Cape Town, South Africa which trains intellectually disabled people for careers in hospitality, service and retail.  The employees are individuals with Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome and autism.  The coffee shop has a cute and fun name.  It’s called Brownies and Downies.  The idea came from a couple in The Netherlands who run nearly thirty of these nonprofit shops.  Twenty-three employees will run the Cape Town store, which is in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to.  However, people with disabilities there don’t have it easy and this latest undertaking is a gift from God.  The next time you’re in a store with one or more of these beloved citizens say hi and thank the management for hiring eager and hardworking people.


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