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Love Coffee's mission in Columbia is to provide employment and job skills training to those with disabilities, in an atmosphere of love (2022 file photo courtesy of Love Coffee executive director Pat McMurry)

(LISTEN): Columbia’s Thompson Center and Love Coffee planning Tuesday open house

Two well-known Columbia institutions are inviting you to their open house Tuesday night in Columbia.

You’ll be able to dine on pastries and sip on coffee at the joint open house for the Thompson Foundation for Autism and Neurodevelopment and Love Coffee. Thompson Foundation executive director Myles Hinkel tells 939 the Eagle that he’s excited about the event.

“We have three pillars of advocacies, support and awareness and so we literally support the Thompson Center right here in Columbia at the University of Missouri,” Mr. Hinkel says.

Columbia’s Thompson Foundation for Autism and Neurodevelopment strengthens children and families who are impacted by autism and neurodevelopmental disorders by raising awareness. Love Coffee provides job skills training and employment to those with disabilities and barriers to employment.

Tomorrow’s open house is from 5-7 at Love Coffee on the Business Loop.

“There’s such commonality with the community that we serve. And they provide jobs and coaching and mentorship for folks that are post-high school and going on to their adult life for vocational opportunities. And we can provide training and support and space for those looking for those types of career opportunities,” says Hinkel.

The Thompson Foundation and Thompson Center’s aim is to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Tomorrow’s event is free, and Mr. Hinkel is encouraging donations to both organizations’ CoMOGives campaigns.

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