Coffee House

If someone told me a year ago, that I would be dreaming of opening a coffee house, I would have fallen over from laughter. I have long thought it would be fun, but never dreamed I would be dreaming of it!

Today, I sit here, typing on my keyboard, excited to share, that I am dreaming of opening a coffee house! 

So how did this dream come to be...

Some will recall that I handed out the most delicious jam, Steamers Coffee House Raspberry JalapeƱo flavored jam, for World Down Syndrome Day in honor of MaryEllen. My goal was to support their business because they employ individuals who have I/DD. My personal initiative is to get behind employers who are walking the talk, and this company sure is doing that!

After I handed it out, some of the people who were lucky enough to get a jar, served it at gatherings on cream cheese with crackers. It is so yummy, that their guests asked them where they got the jam. They were directed to me. So I bought another case, ready to hand out more. But my friends would not have that. So I said I would sell it at cost, with out shipping and handling. The case sold out in 45 minutes.

So I bought another case. And as you can imagine, the same thing happened.

I  decided to put together baskets, and sell them as well, to raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis  for their "Get Down and Derby" event. We also had individual jars of the Steamer's Jam for sale that I donated to the DSAM for their benefit. People could sample it with the cream cheese and crackers. Once again, it was a big hit!

And so it goes! We decided to find a coffee to go in our baskets as well. The dream was growing!

Which brought us to this point.

We want to continue buying this jam, and keeping the good people at Steamer's Coffee House working!

We would also like to create jobs for individuals in Memphis. Thus the beginning of Our Coffee House! 

We are dreaming! I do not know exactly where this dream will take us, but the dream has started!

We hope to sell the jams and gifts at our coffee house! It would be lovely to sell art work by self advocates, and any products that are made by self advocates.

As every good story goes, more people have reached out, wanting to join our efforts. We are considering every idea that is coming our way, and excited there is so much enthusiasm.

We can't wait to see where this adventure takes us! However, we know one thing for sure, we want continue to buy Steamer's Jams! The more jam we sell, the more we ensure that their employees continue to work! Every jam sold is one more time we are telling the world that jobs matter to all individuals! Jobs do matter, and we are so happy to help the good folks at Steamers Coffee House show the world what they are doing! Now we can't wait for that to spill over in Memphis, TN, where we hope to employ more individuals! We are excited to continue "Changing lives.... ONE JAR at a time!"

PS If you are interested in a gift basket for an occasion, or you are interested in a jar of jam, you can contact me at All proceeds to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis.

PPS If you are interested in buying jam from Steamers directly, you can contact Jenni at 303-423-8172. They have lots of flavors, and they are ready to serve you!

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