MARBLEHEAD — The Northeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, is opening a second, temporary Breaking Grounds Café at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead.
Breaking Grounds is an innovative coffee shop in downtown Peabody that trains people with disabilities for careers in the food service and customer service industries. It opened at the end of 2016.
“This second café provides more opportunities for people we support,” said Tim Brown, director of Innovation and Strategy, Northeast Arc, in a press release. “The JCC location will be set up differently than our Peabody location which will allow us to assist people in assimilating skills learned from one location to another.”
From August 1 to September 8, Breaking Grounds will be operate a “pop up” satellite Breaking Grounds at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 4 Community Road in Marblehead. The café will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, the release stated.
“During the summer months, our café moves outdoors so having Breaking Grounds provide refreshments for our members during this time is of great benefit to us,” said Martin Schneer, executive director, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead. “We hope that this is the beginning of many partnerships with the Northeast Arc.”
Breaking Grounds at the Jewish Community Center will offer the same coffee and espresso bar, smoothies, unique soft drinks, pastries and sweets available at the Peabody café.
Northeast Arc serves more than 9,000 people in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns each year. The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore offers enriching programs and services for everyone in the family, from early childhood program to Senior Strength & Balance classes, from parent-tot classes to adult education.