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A welcoming place for a great cup of coffee

This first Mi Work Matters’ business in Livonia, Michigan will be a busy, exciting hub for supportive, inclusive,  competitive employment for people of all abilities. We have a location, a space, and a vision.  We have the help of a committed private foundation. All we need now is your overwhelming support.

How you can help make dreams come true?

Please share – Share our mission widely! 

Partner with us – We are reaching out to make connections with like-minded businesses, nonprofit groups, community leaders and potential employers. Each and every connection can help us put someone to work.

Drink Coffee with us – Attend our Grand Opening, date to be announced soon, and be a frequent customer.

Donate – We have a goal of raising $60,000 in contributions to help us get the shop up and running. The money raised will be used for operating costs – including employee wages – training and development, supplies, furnishings and equipment.

Anastasia wants to be a veterinarian or maybe a singer on the radio.

Anastasia wants to be a veterinarian or maybe a singer on the radio.

Katie wants to be a gymnast.

Katie wants to be a gymnast.

 Mi Work Matters and Anastasia and Katie's Coffee Shop & Cafe


Where is the coffee shop?  

We will be located at 19215 Merriman Rd., Livonia, MI 48152 in the Merriman Mall on the northwest corner of 7 Mile and Merriman.  We will be next door to Angels, Saints & Stuff.

When will you be open?

We are hoping for June 1, 2019.  Our hours of operation will be 7 AM to 2 PM Tuesday through Saturday.  Please follow us on Facebook for real time information.

What can I do to prepare my young adult to work?  

Give them chores and hold them accountable for completing them in a timely manner and according to quality guidelines.  Provide them volunteer opportunities that allow them to develop independent work skills. Work with them on their pre-employment skills - resumes, completing applications, interviewing, cash handling, cashiering.

Is Mi Work Matters part of Michigan Works?

No, we have no affiliation with Michigan Works.  We are an entirely separate entity. We are a private 501c3 non-profit made up of parents, families, caregivers and advocates of people with developmental disabilities.

Does Mi Work Matters receive money from the State of Michigan or the Federal Government?

No.  We rely on individual/corporate donations and grants.

How will Anastasia and Katie's Coffee Shop & Cafe be funded?  

Donations and grants will fund the initial start up costs.  Once the coffee shop opens, it must be self sustaining.

Who can work at the coffee shop?  

We will employ qualified individuals of all abilities.  This includes but is not limited to typically abled people, those with Down syndrome, autism, cognitive impairment, etc.

Will employees with different abilities be paid?

Yes. All employees will be paid minimum wage and awarded raises following performance reviews the same as their typically abled co-workers.

Can my young adult have a job coach, if needed?

Yes.  However, the job coach will have to be approved by the Director of Operations and provide a detailed plan and timeline for your young adult to achieve independence.  Frequent reviews will be done to measure your young adult's actual progress against the plan's projections so that timely adjustments can be made.

Can I be my young adult's job coach? /Can I volunteer at the same time that my young adult is working?/Can I sit in the coffee shop while my young adult is working?

 No.  This is your young adult's time to shine independently.  We want them to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with having done their job well and earning their own paycheck for doing so.  Conversely, we want you to be able to enjoy relaxing with a great cup of coffee and a delicious sandwich when you visit the coffee shop.

Do you provide transportation to and/or from work?

No. Each employee is responsible for their own transportation.

Does everyone who works or volunteers at the coffee shop have to undergo a background check?  

Yes.  We will run a background check on everyone.