CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) — A new coffee shop, named Nour, is focused on creating employment opportunities for people of all abilities.

The new Nour coffee shop, owned and operated by Kate Gillis and Mena Hanna, is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop, with what they refer to as a “competitive integrated model.” According to their website, this means that they train, employ, and empower neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals.

This includes the mental functions of people with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Down syndrome, etc.

The new coffee shop was inspired after the owner’s daughter, named Nour, who has Down syndrome.

“When Nour was born we immediately began dreaming of how life would look for her. When it came to employment, we wanted to make sure there were spaces where all were truly welcome. That, combined with the high unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities, inspired us to create Nour (the coffee shop)!” said Kait Gillis, an owner of Nour.

According to MyDisabilityJobs, unemployment rates for neurodivergent adults can reach upwards of 30-40%, which is eight times the unemployment rate of individuals without a disability.

“We decided we were going to create a space for not just our child but for anyone that wants to work in an environment that’s accepting of all abilities,” said Gillis.

The new Nour menu offers a variety of breakfast items and specialty hot & cold coffee drinks. Additionally, the new shop is partnered with the Harrisburg-based Colina Coffee, which is a minority and women-owned coffee bean company.

The new Nour is located at 101 North St. John Road.

“We are having the exact opposite problem that all the other employers are having of not being able to find someone,” said Gillis.

If you are interested in applying for a position at the new Nour, you can click here.

Nour’s hours of operation are:

  • Mondays – Fridays // 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays // 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.