Rise Up Cafe is an amazing coffee and ice cream shop staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide secure, successful jobs which in turn help our employees form meaningful friendships with their peers; live independently; improve their public speaking, develop self-advocacy and communication skills; and feel valued and included by society. We celebrate and honor their special abilities. In addition, we have classrooms, dedicated jobs coaches, and a cool virtual reality coffee and ice cream shop training system to help prepare our friends with special abilities to work in the shop as well as for other businesses in the Sarasota, Florida area.
Beaver and Erin Shriver of The Shriver Group are the driving force behind Rise Up Cafe. They have partnered with two nonprofits, The Haven and Easterseals to help with job skills training and staff transportation.
Beaver has founded and chairs another 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Inclusion Revolution, to help fund this location and future Rise Up Cafes. Please consider a donation to help further the mission.