It's Women's History Month and Developmental Disabilities Month, and Ethan and the Bean coffee shop was a mother's mission to help her son and others with disabilities to become employed and empowered.
Ethan and the Bean is an achievement not only for Pam Donovan, but for her son and others like him. Ethan has autism, he's nonverbal, and also has epilepsy. She worried about his future.
"Once you graduate high school, no place employed, no place to go,” says Donovan.
Donovan got to work gathering talented women in various fields to create a business model, employing people with developmental disabilities to help them become gainfully employed.
The experience provides a sense of purpose and personal accomplishment. The value is palpable.
“They are the hardest working people seen in the community,” says Donovan.
Donovan hopes other companies will follow suit. She says businesses can grow and open a world of possibilities by employing those with disabilities.
Ethan the Bean relies on donations. It's open seven days a week and is located at 98 Main St. in Little Falls.