Currently adults with disabilities are underemployed or unemployed at a rate of 70% or higher in most communities. While school systems often provide daily structure, peer connection, and options for growth, these beneficial opportunities are lost in adulthood with a lack of employment.

That’s where Charlottesville’s Kindness Cafe + Play comes in. Located in the Piedmont Family YMCA, the cafe was founded in order to provide meaningful employment for adults with cognitive disabilities.

We spoke with founder and owner Katie Kishore for this Hear Together profile. Listen at the audio link below, and learn more on Kindness Cafe & Play’s website.