New Pittston Coffee House is Exclusively Inclusive

March 13, 2023

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There is a brand new coffee shop in Luzerne County and they are brewing up something special.

The team at “Coffee Inclusive” hosted a grand opening at their new coffee shop in downtown Pittston.

“Coffee Inclusive” is operated by people with disabilities, as they work alongside experienced servers and baristas.

The coffee shop is part of the non-profit organization “Nepa Inclusive.”

The new shop not only serves coffee but, most importantly offers opportunities that most workplaces do not.

“I love it, making coffees and helping out,” said Christian Wesley a barista at Coffee Inclusive.

“It wasn’t enough, I don’t think employers out there who are educated on the capabilities of people with diverse abilities. So, we wanted one to showcase that and also bring in an inclusive environment to downtown Pittston,” explained Tom Carlucci, Manager at Coffee Inclusive.

It’s competitive pay meaning they make no less than minimum wage.

And of course, there are brews at “Coffee Inclusive” but there are also other treats.

The menu also features baked goods, smoothies, and specialty drinks.

Pa live! Host, Chris Bohinski served as the emcee for the grand opening celebration.

“Coffee Inclusive” is also taking donations for equipment that they still need.

Anyone interested in a job can stop by, meet the team and fill out an application.

For more information on how to donate or apply online along with a look at their menu, head over to Coffee Inclusive’s website or Facebook page.

Bake Inclusive Fundraising Campaign

Bake Inclusive Fundraising Campaign

Since its inception, Coffee Inclusive has exceeded our expectations, fostering an inclusive and empowering environment where individuals of diverse abilities work alongside experienced baristas to create delectable coffees, smoothies, and snacks. The success of Coffee Inclusive has inspired us to embark on an exciting new venture, a bakery, called Bake Inclusive.

Bake Inclusive was designed to build on the achievements of Coffee Inclusive by extending opportunities to even more individuals with diverse abilities. The bakery will help us expand NEPA Inclusive’s transitional employment training program for high school students, preparing them for successful careers beyond graduation. Our mission is to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to gainful employment for these young individuals, whether that be at the bakery or somewhere else. To ensure the grand opening of Bake Inclusive in March 2024, we have set an ambitious fundraising campaign goal of $150,000 in 150 Days. This funding will be allocated towards acquiring the necessary equipment and supplies essential for the bakery’s operations.

We hope you will consider making a donation to help us get Bake Inclusive up and running. Together, we can create a brighter and more inclusive future for all. Thank you!


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