Hugs + Mugs is a café and retail store run by our GiGi U graduates, now referred to as “Interns” along with our support staff. Each intern will manage different aspects of a real-life retail environment.


Today we want to introduce you to Catie one of our Rockstar Hugs + Mugs Interns!

Hi my name is Catie and I am 23 years old. I am an intern for Hugs + Mugs. I like to clean, help all my friends in the playhouse, and always love to work with people here for field trips and birthday parties. I am a happy person!

One of my favorite things in Hugs + Mugs is that I love learning is how to cut the designability paper and how to make mugs. My ultimate favorite thing though is working with all my friends!


I am #generationG because I like to inspire, believe, trust, and make everyone happy!

Be Generous, Be Accepting, and Be Kind…that is me!


Every visit to Hugs & Mugs, every purchase made on our online store gives the interns of Hugs & Mugs hands on skill training that helps them build their resumes.  All profits go directly back into training opportunities. When you shop Hugs & Mugs you are making a difference in the lives of hard-working individuals with Down syndrome.  Thank you!



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