New cafe in Southern Indiana will employ young adults with disabilities – WLKY Louisville

WEBVTT AS WLKY ANN BOWDAN SHOWS US, THE IDEA IS TO HELP EMPLOY YOUNG ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES. ANN: THIS OFFICE BUILDING ON US 31 IN SCOTTSBURG, INDIANA USED TO BE AN OFFICE SPACE AND A PHOTO SHOP. NOW, IT’S TRANSFORMING INTO ANOTHER KIND OF BUSINESS, MEANT TO TRANSFORM LIVES. >> WE’VE BEEN KIND OF TALKING ABOUT NEEDING TO DO SOMETHIN FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND THEN WE WERE FINALLY LIKE, WE’RE DONE TALKING, LET’S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. ANN: PAMALA CAMPBELL AND CHRISTIE SIEKMAN BOTH HAVE CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME. TYLER IS 22 AND DYLAN IS 19. THE MOMS ARE ON A MISSION TO CHANGE THIS BUILDING INTO A COFFEE SHOP TO HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF THEIR SONS. THE NAME, INSPIRED GROUNDS CAF >> THESE GUYS INSPIRE SO MANY PEOPLE. ANN: ACTIVE IN VARSITY SPORTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES LIKE 4-H, DYLAN AND TYLER HAV INSPIRED MANY, OVERCOMING THEIR CHALLENGES. BUT BOTH ARE APPROACHING AN AGE WHERE YOUTH ACTIVITIES COME TO AN END AND THE NEED FOR PRODUCTIVE ADULT LIFE BEGINS. >> THE LITTLE BIT OF EMPLOYMENT THAT IS IN SCOTT COUNTY FOR THEM IS NOT REALLY MEANINGFUL, IT’S NOT OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, IT’S PUSHING CARTS, NOT REALLY INTERACTING WITH THE COMMUNITY. ANN: SO OUT OF A NEED, THESE MOMS’ MINDS BEGAN TO PERCOLATE AND AN IDEA BREWED. A COFFEE SHOP RUN BY YOUNG ADULTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AND OTHER CHALLENGES RIGHT IN THE HEART OF SCOTTSBURG. >> ALL THESE PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL OR DIFFERENT ABILITIES ARE ABLE BODIED AND CAN DO THESE THINGS THAT WE DON’T ALWAYS GIVE THEM CREDIT TO BE ABLE TO DO. ANN: WITH ONE FACEBOOK POST THE RESPONSE FROM THE COMMUNITY JU STARTED SUPPORT, INCLUDING THI DONATED BUILDING WHERE THEY ONLY PAY UTILITIES, AND A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS WHO STARTED FUNDRAISERS FOR INSPIRED GROUNDS CAFE TO BECOME REALITY. >> LIKE RIGHT HERE WILL BE OUT COUNTER. ANN: THESE MOTHERS CARRY THEIR PURPOSE CLOSE TO THEM. THESE ARROWS TATTOOED ON THEIR ARMS ARE THE SAME ON THEIR CAFE’S LOGO. IT’S THE NATIONAL SYMBOL FOR TH LUCKY FEW OR MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME. THEY ARE MOTHERS WHO WANT THEIR COMMUNITY TO KNOW THEIR CHILDREN HAVE DIFFERENT ABILITIES, NOT A DISABILITY. ANN BOWDAN, WLKY N

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New cafe in Southern Indiana will employ young adults with disabilities

Two southern Indiana mothers are showing the love they have for their sons by working to open a coffee shop with a unique purpose. Pamala Campbell and Christie Siekman both have children with Down Syndrome. Siekman’s son, Tyler, is 22, and Campbell’s son, Dylan, is 19.While they have been active in school sports, and other community activities, their mothers realize they’re now at an age where they need to lead a productive adult-life. The mothers are now turning a building on US-31 in Scottsburg into a coffee shop that will be run in part by their sons, and other young adults with disabilities. It’s called, Inspired Grounds Cafe. “All these people with different abilities are able-bodied and can do these things that we don’t always give them credit to be able to do,” said Chrisite Siekman. The response from the community jump-started support, including several fundraisers. So far, more than $2,000 has been raised to make the cafe a reality. If you’d like to find out how to get involved, click here for a link to the Inspired Grounds Cafe Facebook page.

Two southern Indiana mothers are showing the love they have for their sons by working to open a coffee shop with a unique purpose.

Pamala Campbell and Christie Siekman both have children with Down Syndrome. Siekman’s son, Tyler, is 22, and Campbell’s son, Dylan, is 19.

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While they have been active in school sports, and other community activities, their mothers realize they’re now at an age where they need to lead a productive adult-life.

The mothers are now turning a building on US-31 in Scottsburg into a coffee shop that will be run in part by their sons, and other young adults with disabilities.

It’s called, Inspired Grounds Cafe.

“All these people with different abilities are able-bodied and can do these things that we don’t always give them credit to be able to do,” said Chrisite Siekman.

The response from the community jump-started support, including several fundraisers. So far, more than $2,000 has been raised to make the cafe a reality.

If you’d like to find out how to get involved, click here for a link to the Inspired Grounds Cafe Facebook page.

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