|The movement for acceptance is upon us! Recently Amy, an adult with Down syndrome from our GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland, made the plans to visit a Starbucks in her community as a part of fundraising efforts for the acceptance challenge. Not only was she going to visit the Starbucks team members, but she was going to do so while wearing a tutu! What happened next is an amazing example of people coming together to help an individual feel like they are accepted.
Executive Director of the Cleveland Playhouse, Lizz, reached out to the Starbucks to let them know that Amy would be visiting their store. Holly, the store team leader from Starbucks, informed Lizz that the Starbucks team would like to surprise Amy by wearing their own tutus to show Amy that she is accepted and the community is behind her!
When Amy showed up to Starbucks to visit with the team members, she was met with numerous employees standing at the door and waiting for her! To Amy’s surprise, the team members were also wearing tutus, just like her!
This little act of kindness and inclusiveness by the Starbucks team members showed Amy that she is accepted and embraced for the amazing human she is-not just at GiGi’s Playhouse, but places like Starbucks as well.
Due to their kindness and inclusivity, we have officially made this Starbucks location GenG certified. We are honored to have a business in our community like Starbucks who are willing to go the extra mile for their community members.