Justin White is an aspiring adult who has attended our Adult Day Services for four years. He has always wanted to have his own business and it looks like his dream is coming true. Justin is now an Independent Distributor for Jumpy Monkey Coffee Roasting Co. and will do business as Justin’s Famous Coffee. Jumpy Monkey is a premium coffee company based in Iowa that strongly believes in providing meaningful and purposeful employment to individuals with disabilities.
In September 2015, Justin was approached with the opportunity to partner with Jumpy Monkey to sell and distribute their coffee to local retailers. There would also be the opportunity to ask churches, schools and organizations to consider selling coffee as a fundraiser. A conference call between John Donovan, Director of Marketing at Jumpy Monkey, Justin and Justin’s parents was held to determine if this partnership would be a good fit for him. After the initial meeting, “everyone was on board and felt this would be a great opportunity for him,” shared Chris Ostrander, Adult Day Services Manager. They agreed to start this joint venture in early 2016.
In February, Mr. Donovan came to Topeka to set up a 30-day plan for Justin to complete. During this period, he learned the history of coffee and the process for roasting, grinding & brewing cofee. Justin worked with Chris to create a sales pitch that included Jumpy Monkey’s mission and how having his own business will advance their mission. Justin visited several coffee shops and retailers to make observations and gather information.
Easter Seals Capper Foundation (ESCF) will help Justin promote his business by making the coffee available to purchase at Capper Creations Gift Shop. “It is our intention to sell packaged coffee in the gift shop once the process of due diligence is completed. Also, we are looking into opening a coffee shop and Jumpy Monkey would be the featured coffee brand,” shared Kathy Stiffler, Sr. Vice President of Adult Services. In the future, ESCF will pursue the possibility of partnering with Jumpy Monkey to be a packaging site, which would provide job opportunities for other individuals with disabilities.
This venture has already generated an order with Hy-Vee in Topeka and several school districts are willing to do fundraisers. Justin will focus on selling in the Topeka area with hopes to expand in the future. “My ultimate goal is to open my own coffee shop someday and employ people with disabilities,” said Justin. For now, he’s ready to get his coffee on retailer’s shelves and several fundraisers started. Justin believes that with hard work, persistence, love & support from family and friends…Dreams Can Come True!