Nestled on the edge of Woodstock’s Main Street lies Circle of Friends Coffee Shop, a place where people of all abilities have joined together to tackle the needs of those in our community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Coffee warms the body, and watching individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities working diligently warms the soul. On your arrival at Circle of Friends Coffee Shop you will be greeted with smiling faces and the rich aroma of fresh-brewed lattes. The pure joy on each face makes you realize the employees have great talents and capabilities. The idea for the shop was born after a group of mothers got together to socialize their young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities [IDD]. The parents knew, however, that socialization was not the only thing their offspring needed. After a town hall meeting in May 2019, the group formalized and called itself the Circle of Friends, a nonprofit with a goal to create a stronger community for people with IDD. It focuses on socialization, supportive employment, and supportive-affordable living, needs rarely met by young adults with IDD.
Cherokee County native Meghan Lindstrom has a passion for storytelling and her community. She studied journalism at Georgia College and now utilizes her skills to help write the narrative that is Cherokee County. In her free time, you can find Meghan spending time outdoors, reading in local coffee shops, or visiting farmers markets.