He's got the jokes - and we've got the coffee to go along with it. Here are some of our favorites:
1) How do you get a squirrel to like you? Act like a nut.
2) Did you hear about the guy who invented the knock-knock joke? He won the 'no-bell' prize.
3) Did you hear the rumor about butter? Well, I'm not going to spread it!
4) I'm so good at sleeping, I can do it with my eyes closed!
Keri Lee is a Special Education teacher in Chesterfield County, Virginia who noticed something extremely important while teaching High School students - after graduating, there are not many paying jobs for these members of our society. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities typically floats right around 7%.
Soon after coming to this realization, the idea for Thrive Coffee was born. Established in 2019, the original concept for Thrive Coffee was a local coffee shop in the Richmond, Virginia area that would employ, educate, and train people with disabilities. The Thrive Foundation, INC, the 501c3 nonprofit that runs Thrive Coffee, was formed to allow our community to make tax-deductible donations toward our success.
After spending months scoping out a location for the shop, and having preparations made for construction, the Coronavirus pandemic took the nation by storm. Keri and the team at Thrive Coffee made the difficult decision to put the in-person coffee shop on hold for the time being and began to brainstorm ways to continue our mission.
As an answer to this unfortunate situation, Thrive Coffee Roasting was launched in May of 2020. As a local, small-batch, craft roaster, Thrive Coffee Roasting excels in producing some of the finest coffee ever consumed. This amazingly roasted coffee is paired perfectly with our continuing mission of providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities, and we are proud to have made this change. As a nonprofit, the money that is made off of our roasted coffee goes directly back to our mission of employing people with disabilities. Every three bags of coffee that we sell helps us to pay for one hour of labor for these great employees.