321 Coffee is a nonprofit coffee shop that operates at the North Carolina State Farmers' Market in the Raleigh area, along with events in the community, and is staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"321" is representative of Down Syndrome -- the third copy of the 21st chromosome. We hope to highlight the uniqueness of those with Down Syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Provide fulfilling engagements to persons of intellectual and developmental disabilities
Promote a community identity through a unique customer service environment
Recognize uniqueness of all and their contributions to society
Combining the strengths of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the
NC State Community
to create something stronger
than what one could do alone
Blending communities inspires customers to integrate with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while promoting societal unity.
"I am lucky to have a disability - I have Down Syndrome.
My favorite part [of 321 Coffee] is that the organization allow the community of people with disabilities like me to have something to do that is like what typical people do.
We are lucky to work with 321 Coffee."
"Sometimes I feel like I'm a person trapped inside a person with a disability. And I want a change to show the world about us.
Sometimes I feel like there are two communities; 'us' and 'them', and I'd like there to be one."
Learn more about how we started and the goals we have for 321 Coffee
Match a face to a name and learn about each of our 4 founders' position and what they do for 321 Coffee
We're getting involved in our community, here's how
Are you passionate about blending communities? Then find out how you can get involved
Behind the scenes shots of everyone involved in the development of 321 Coffee
321 Coffee appreciates donations to support our organization and to continue blending communities