AngelaHuston@zoominternet.net   CRHuston@zoominternet.net

There is a new cafe in town, a "working coffee house where you will enjoy food and drinks served with a mission."

On October 21, Medina Creative Housing welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of enthusiastic supporters to the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of the "rustic chic" Grande Cafe Roastery, 4080 Creative Living Way, Medina, Ohio.

The seemingly indefatigable MCH CEO Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, who took over as director of the organization 17 years ago, told the guests, "Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was the Roastery." It took several years to overcome the obstacles before reaching this goal, but the Roastery is now the 12th MCH program/site that offers work and training experiences to individuals with disabilities.

Several local officials attended the ceremony and offered praise and recognition for the positive impact MCH continues to have on the community.

Ohio State Senator Larry Obhof, a continuously supportive friend, presented DePasquale-Hagerty with a commendation and added he loves all MCH does; he plans to visit the cafe often.

Ohio State Representative Steve Hambley, another true friend of MCH, said he couldn't miss this occasion. He said the coffeehouse is the perfect place for the community to come together, socialize and enjoy good food, all for a good cause.

Medina County Commissioner Bill Hutson said what MCH makes better for some ultimately makes it better for all. He reminded the audience of the importance of making sure everyone in the community is taken care of and given opportunities such as this.

Valerie Perkins, President, MCH Board of Trustees, expressed gratitude to everyone for helping them make this great impact on the community.

Stella Rusek, a parent, told everyone her son found success and is happy. She thanked DePasquale-Hagerty for her diligence.

A constant supporter, Elaine Orlandi, told everyone this newest project is further proof that dreams can become reality.

Grande Cafe Roastery employee Melissa Bailey spoke on behalf of the other employees and told the group it was an honor and a privilege to be part of the staff. Bailey has been associated with MCH seven years and expressed deep gratitude for what it has enabled her to do.

MCH does more than just grow produce, roast coffee beans, and offer culinary delights. DePasquale-Hagerty said, "We are impacting the world, building skills and confidence, and creating incomes for adults with disabilites."

There is no place like this coffeehouse anywhere else in Northeast Ohio. The menu at Grande Cafe Roastery is extensive and affordable. In addition to coffee, the menu includes wraps, salads, paninis, soups, pizzettes, smoothies, and an array of mouth-watering desserts. Guests enjoyed sampling several of the delicious featured items.

DePasquale-Hagerty thanked a host of people, insisting she could not do what she does without them. Among them was Judy Daugherty, who made beautiful, specifically-designated aprons for the staff, who will not be called baristas.

Instead, in keeping with DePasquale-Hagerty's delightful penchant for creating words to suit the subject, the apron-wearers will be identified as: "Roastologist" (who roasts the coffee under the direction of Rick 'The Roaster' Sheehan); "Brewologist" (who makes the coffee); "Grubologist" (who will work on food preparation); "Washologist" (who will be in charge of cleaning up); and "Cashologist" (who will be the cashier).

The highly visible Grande Cafe Roastery officially opened to the public October 23. Its serving hours will be weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. If the demand is great enough, the Cafe will consider opening weekends. There is an outdoor patio, and drive-through service is also available.

The Grande Cafe Roastery: brewing futures, serving up success.

MCH OPENS GRANDE CAFE ROASTERY

There is a new cafe in town, a "working coffee house where you will enjoy food and drinks served with a mission."

On October 21, Medina Creative Housing welcomed a standing-room-only crowd of enthusiastic supporters to the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of the "rustic chic" Grande Cafe Roastery, 4080 Creative Living Way, Medina, Ohio.

The seemingly indefatigable MCH CEO Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, who took over as director of the organization 17 years ago, told the guests, "Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was the Roastery." It took several years to overcome the obstacles before reaching this goal, but the Roastery is now the 12th MCH program/site that offers work and training experiences to individuals with disabilities.

Several local officials attended the ceremony and offered praise and recognition for the positive impact MCH continues to have on the community.

Ohio State Senator Larry Obhof, a continuously supportive friend, presented DePasquale-Hagerty with a commendation and added he loves all MCH does; he plans to visit the cafe often.

Ohio State Representative Steve Hambley, another true friend of MCH, said he couldn't miss this occasion. He said the coffeehouse is the perfect place for the community to come together, socialize and enjoy good food, all for a good cause.

Medina County Commissioner Bill Hutson said what MCH makes better for some ultimately makes it better for all. He reminded the audience of the importance of making sure everyone in the community is taken care of and given opportunities such as this.

Valerie Perkins, President, MCH Board of Trustees, expressed gratitude to everyone for helping them make this great impact on the community.

Stella Rusek, a parent, told everyone her son found success and is happy. She thanked DePasquale-Hagerty for her diligence.

A constant supporter, Elaine Orlandi, told everyone this newest project is further proof that dreams can become reality.

Grande Cafe Roastery employee Melissa Bailey spoke on behalf of the other employees and told the group it was an honor and a privilege to be part of the staff. Bailey has been associated with MCH seven years and expressed deep gratitude for what it has enabled her to do.

MCH does more than just grow produce, roast coffee beans, and offer culinary delights. DePasquale-Hagerty said, "We are impacting the world, building skills and confidence, and creating incomes for adults with disabilites."

There is no place like this coffeehouse anywhere else in Northeast Ohio. The menu at Grande Cafe Roastery is extensive and affordable. In addition to coffee, the menu includes wraps, salads, paninis, soups, pizzettes, smoothies, and an array of mouth-watering desserts. Guests enjoyed sampling several of the delicious featured items.

DePasquale-Hagerty thanked a host of people, insisting she could not do what she does without them. Among them was Judy Daugherty, who made beautiful, specifically-designated aprons for the staff, who will not be called baristas.

Instead, in keeping with DePasquale-Hagerty's delightful penchant for creating words to suit the subject, the apron-wearers will be identified as: "Roastologist" (who roasts the coffee under the direction of Rick 'The Roaster' Sheehan); "Brewologist" (who makes the coffee); "Grubologist" (who will work on food preparation); "Washologist" (who will be in charge of cleaning up); and "Cashologist" (who will be the cashier).

The highly visible Grande Cafe Roastery officially opened to the public October 23. Its serving hours will be weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. If the demand is great enough, the Cafe will consider opening weekends. There is an outdoor patio, and drive-through service is also available.

The Grande Cafe Roastery: brewing futures, serving up success.