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Progress-Index – “Brewing up a unique chance to Thrive”

By Kristi K. Higgins, Staff Writer Mom, son plan to open coffee shop that will employ workers with disabilities CHESTERFIELD — Harrowgate Elementary School Special Education Teacher Keri Lee and her son Collin Lee, who is a 2018 Matoaca High School graduate, are working on a special project together: a unique coffee shop. Through Keri’s […]

Richmond Times-Dispatch – “Chesterfield teacher to open coffee shop that employs people with disabilities”

When Keri Lee worked at Clover Hill High School, she watched students with disabilities thrive as they staffed a coffee shop on Fridays, running everything from the cash register to drink service. Lee, who teaches special education for Chesterfield County Public Schools, knew the pop-up store was important, not just for building confidence but for […]

WTVR (CBS 6) – “Teacher aims to open Chesterfield coffee shop to employ those with intellectual, developmental disabilities”

“CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A special education teacher in Chesterfield County started a GoFundMe in an effort to raise money for a coffee shop where she would hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We, as humans, all want to make a connection and we don’t know any better way to do it than with […]

1140 WRVA – “Coffee Shop Seeks To Employ People With Special Needs”

Keri Lee, a special education teacher in Chesterfield, joins Jeff to talk about why she started The Thrive Foundation and her goal of starting a coffee shop that would allow her to employ people who have special needs. For more information or to make a donation to support her efforts, visit To learn more about The Thrive […]

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