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Creating Opportunities for Persons with Special Needs


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Our biggest project yet is our dream to open a coffee shop
in Downtown Chester which will employ adults with special needs. In 2018, we
were donated a large building in downtown Chester. After years of trying to
find an investor to help us renovate the building, we now have a contract with
Shaw Kuester from Fort Mill. Within 10 months, he is going to renovate a 1600
square foot space in this building for our coffee shop. It will be located at
140 Gadsden St.

We are now in need of money to complete the interior of the
shop with equipment, furnishings, and enough money for start-up costs and
salaries for job coaches and a manager and our special needs workers. The shop
will be known as “Work-A-Latte” to emphasize the employability of our young adults.

Exciting News!


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Who We Are

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A Bit of Background

In 2015, a group of parents of persons with special needs organized with the purpose of creating opportunities for all special needs person in Chester County. The group became WorkAbility. They became a non-profit and obtained a 501c3. In that short time,  3 Special Olympics teams in swimming, bocce ball, and basketball have been created. The group has sponsored 3 downtown festivals in April to proclaim Autism Awareness Month. They have held trainings for parents in subjects such as Medicaid waivers and special needs trusts. In our biggest endeavor yet, they are planning to open a coffee shop downtown where special needs individuals can work.

Home: Who We Are

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”


Home: What We Do

Check out our recent  video to HGTV.

What We Do

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The Flying Fish Swim Team

Bringing Home Silver and Gold

The first ever Special Olympic sport in Chester County was organized 3 years ago. The Flying Fish have competed at the state level and won Silver and Gold medals. The YMCA supports our swimmers. Coaches Karen Stevens, Sandy Jensen, and Jim Burke work hard with each swimmer to make them the best they can be.

Chester Christmas Parade

Sponsored by First Citizens

Being a part of the Chester Community is important. First Citizens Bank sponsors our float for the 2018 and 2019 Christmas parades.

Coffee Shop

Creating Jobs

Coming soon, Chester's new Coffee Shop in Downtown Chester. The shop will be located at 140 Gadsden Street. We are currently working with Myers and Chapman to renovate this space and it will be  modeled after Second Street Sundries in Albemarle which hires special needs individuals.

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Upcoming Events

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Thank you to all of our sponsors from our 2022 Gala and the Gateway!

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Abby Reed

Allison Jean Howe

Budd Group

Chester Healthcare Foundation

Chris Gaddy State Farm Insurance

Christian Banks 

Darren and Ashley Brittain

Dr. Sam Stone

Duke Energy

Gaston, Marion, & Stubbs Law Office

Grant Kovas 

Great Falls Tax Service/Gladden Hudson Realty

Heidi  Scharpenberg 

Law Office of April Porter

Pilot Club International

Tyler Family

Contact Us

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PO Box 346, Chester, SC 29706

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