‘We’re giving them the opportunities they deserve’: Grounded Cafe celebrates five years of securing jobs | WFRV Local 5

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Breaking down stereotypes and building capacity are the goals of Ground Cafe. Cafe employees say they are delighted to celebrate the cafe’s five-year anniversary

“I love working with customers, I love serving customers, and it’s just a great place to be,” Lucas Schmechel said.

Ground Cafe opened in May 2017 and Schmechel started working there soon after. Schmechel says there isn’t a job he doesn’t do.

“I do a bit of everything. I’m the cashier, I make the drinks, I clean up a bit, I do a bit of everything,” Schmechel said.

The cafe started out as a cafe, and it grew into a full-service cafe. The facility serves as a training program and provides opportunities to discover and develop abilities

“So many times they get ignored because we’re not going to do it for you because it’s not available or it’s too much training and that’s what we do here. We give them the opportunities they deserve,” said Grounded Cafe manager Samantha Schmunck.

Schmunck says they are grateful to receive support from the community and plan to continue to prepare trainees for the future.

“There are so many people looking to belong, every volunteer, every intern that comes in has a purpose here and it’s amazing to see today everyday everyone coming together to support us and our interns. “, explained Schmunck.

The cafe is located at 300 South Adams Street in Green Bay and seeks to help employees to more people.

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