WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve been following Amy Wright’s mission to get meaningful work for folks with intellectual disabilities for a year now. First, It was Beau’s Coffee Shop on Wrightsville Avenue. Then to New Centre Drive where it became Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, because Beau wanted his sister’s name in the spotlight, too.
So many people are thankful for what is going on there, so we asked some employees what they are thankful for.
“We were out paddling, standup paddling and he was telling me about this place called Bitty and Beau’s and he told me and he said you know what? They’ve already run out of space. And I said they need to come to our empty Hummer Showroom.” -Allen Rippy
Editor’s Note: The Rippy family would then offer an empty showroom at their dealership to the Wright family so that the non-profit could expand.
“So tell me, what are you thankful for? I am thankful for family, my mom, my sister, my job and Bitty and Beaus. It has changed my life completely forever.” -Malik, employee
“I am thankful for god first, Jesus, I’m thankful for my family, and my Bitty and Beau’s family, my awesome manager, Kelly, who inspires me. She’s a phenomenal worker.: -Matt, employee
“Moving here from Maryland and trying to find a job has been a great experience.” -Austin, employee
“I am thankful for a lot of things. That I have a good job, and good parents. And best friends over here. And one of the best bosses!” -Jehan, employee
“I am thankful for my mom, my dad, my sister, my nephew, my aunt, my sister, my family.” -Cordale, employee
“I am thankful for Amy and Ben for opening this shop.” -Richard, employee
“I am very thankful for this job, because we are changing lives day by day. And I am very thankful for Amy and Ben for starting this and it expanding so that we can provide even more jobs.” -Kelly, manager
“I feel that I am most thankful that God laid this on my heart a year ago and everything that has followed has exceeded my expectations. So grateful that my family has been behind this, grateful for our friends and our community and I’m really grateful for the Rippy family for extending this space to us so that we could grow and serve more people in the community.” -Amy Wright, founder of Bitty and Beau’s
“It has just been a blessing.This is the happiest place in Wilmington.” -Allen Rippy
For more on Bitty and Beau’s coffee, including the photographer who is documenting the journey, click here.