RUMC Coffee House is a collaboration between Independent Grounds Cafe and Roswell United Methodist Church. RUMC had commited to finding a coffee operator to utilize a historic home they owned on Mimosa Boulevard. After hearing of Lorna Heid's vision for merging a neighborhood coffee shop with the mission to also primarily hire adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), a partnership was formed.
“We are so excited to be opening this location in Roswell,” said Heid, Owner of the new venture named RUMC Coffee House. “We are so grateful for the support of the RUMC community and are looking forward to showing everyone what we can do.”
By showcasing their employee’s abilities, Heid hopes to offer real-life examples of what employment inclusion looks in a local business environment.
"Adults with IDD are one of the most under-employed population of people who are able to work, qho want to work but are often unable to find meaningful employment," said Heid. “For many of our employees, this is their first job opportunity. So to see them grow in confidence and develop their skills -- that they can then take anywhere -- is such a profound honor.”
For Heid, who has a daughter who has a traumatic brain injury from meningitis at birth, this is a very personal business model that she hopes others will want to emulate.
“Our goal is to continue to expand and grow and be a resource for other families and communities who want to support a business model like ours,” Heid said. “There is an entire work force of adults with special needs who are ready and willing to work and make a huge impact on those around them. All they need is to be given a chance to shine.”
This mission is what attracted Roswell United Methodist Church to reach out to Heid to see if their space could be utilized in a similar manner.
“Everything just aligned for us to work together on this project,” said Heid. “The space is beautiful and the location is great. We can’t wait to show Roswell what we can do.”