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Whole Latte Love Café set to open next year, donations needed to make it happen

Posted at 10:43 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 23:26:18-04

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Beth Humbert, the founder of Whole Latte Love Café is giving out much more than just jobs.

"I created a supported employment environment in the form of a coffee shop to teach people with disabilities how to work in the community, learn about customer service and soft skills and also to bring the community together," Humbert said.

Humbert already has people excited about their potential new jobs.

"I want to help people," Caroline Humbert said.

"I want to be with friends that I like and be in the community and make people happy," Bobby Snyder said.

The potential employees already know how they'll keep customers coming back.

"I have my famous smile and a wink," Lucy Rose said.

Rose said she wants to be a greeter at a new café that's hopefully coming to North Canton very soon.

"I am really excited about starting the café up because I just wanna see the people's smiles when they walk in and it also makes me happy," Rose said.

Humbert said she got the idea for the unique café unexpectedly.

"Our community really needs something like this and it's important for everyone to have the same opportunities as all of us," Humbert said. "Caroline is my daughter and the idea honestly originated from her, just her love of serving the public."

Humbert has already leased a spot, now she's raising money to help open the doors.

"Right now our biggest need is fundraising, we have to raise a lot of money to do a full build out on the location that we're currently moving into," Humbert said.

She hopes to start serving up coffee, pastries and smoothies by early next year—and her hopeful future employees will be ready to bring a "Whole Latte Love" to everyone they serve.

"I could make your coffee, have the best smile and hopefully make their day," Snyder said.

"I know that I don't have a disability, I have an ability to do something," Rose said.

To learn more about making this project a reality, click here.