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Coffee… It’s not the only thing brewing at Common Grounds

Marlee Fejes of Common Grounds

October is National Employment for People with Disabilities Month which raises awareness about employment issues and the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.  National data provided by American Society of Safety Engineers shows that people with developmental disabilities have a 48% lower turnover rate, 67% lower medical costs, and ask for 73% less time off from their positions.  This data also shows that 50% would like to work at a community job.  In celebration of October’s label locally, the Ottawa County Board of DD would like to spotlight two employees at Common Grounds Café and Catering, Marlee Fejes and Mac Gilleland.

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Common Grounds evolves

left to right: Lynn James, manager; Dave Burows, catering manager; Raysha Willis, RVI; Sam Arrizola, RVI; Brenda Smith, Executive Director, RVI; Scott Rider, RVI.

Last week Common Grounds at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton had a soft opening, continuing its organic evolution. The word has already spread that it is a special place for coffee, breakfast and lunch.

The coordinator of the evolution of Common Grounds is Brenda Smith, Executive Director of Riverview Industries Inc. (RVI) of Oak Harbor. RVI’s purpose is “to provide a meaningful work experience and quality of life for the benefit of adults with developmental disabilities.” Five Riverview clients are learning and working at Common Grounds.

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