There’s a new coffee shop at Camp San Luis Obispo, and despite its name, it’s doing a lot more than serving up a hot cup of joe.
Tuesday was the grand opening of Cup of Joe cafe at Camp San Luis. It’s the result of a partnership with the local non-profit Achievement House that dates back to 1957. The cafe will employ adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, all while teaching new vocational skills.
Crystal Nevosh, the executive director of Achievement House, says she approached the base and at the same time, they needed a coffee shop.
“This facility, Cup of Joe, will allow the individuals who work here to learn how to do food prep, retail, cashiering,” Navosh said. “If they choose to stay here and work, great, or if not, help again to get a job out in the community as well in some type of restaurant or food service industry.”
Representatives from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, the office of Congressman Salud Carbajal and the office of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham were all present to present certificates of recognition to Achievement House at a special ceremony on Tuesday.
The cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It serves troops, trainees, base personnel and visitors.