North Bay Café Continues to Donate Profits to Help People with Developmental Disabilities
NORTH BAY –
Many restaurants and cafes in North Bay are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. At Home Style Café, the grill sizzles, the line is long, and food is served to hungry diners.
The cafe is delighted to have its customers coming back. This is because it is operated by Community Living North Bay and all proceeds go to support the organization’s programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.
“People are really happy,” said manager Lisette Nault. “We are open to the community. It’s a great feeling. It is heartwarming to know that the people we support truly appreciate him.
The cafe opened in 1989 as a training center for Community Living North Bay. Once the province passed Bill 148, it had to go through changes to become more of a non-profit restaurant. The restaurant is eventually considering hiring more people from Community Living North Bay’s employment program.
“It’s a long-term goal to hire people with developmental disabilities,” said Community Living North Bay Executive Director Sherry Carnevale. “It’s a gem of Community Living. “
Between 600 and 700 people use Community Living North Bay. It offers a wide range of programs ranging from helping people find employment to helping children, their families and adults with disabilities. Community living is in its 66e year. Some of its programs include: clinical services, respite services, community transition programs, student nutrition programs, and adult education.
“We’re working really hard to get this message out to the community to see what we’re doing,” Carnevale said.
Authorities credit the restaurant for helping people with disabilities access the services they need.