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New Café Helping Blind Community

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A restaurant years in the making is finally being unveiled inside the Anderson Building in downtown Lansing.

6 News Shelby Miller explains how Cora's Cafe not only serves the building's staff and local legislators, but also the helps the blind community.

Whether you want to grab a coffee, baked good or Michigan-made sweet treat, look no further than Cora’s Cafe.

On Tuesday morning the new restaurant opened in the lobby of the Anderson Building.

It not only serves legislators, staffers and visitors, but becomes home to the new training center for the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.

“We think this is a great day for Michigan's blind community and we want to get the word out that we're here and we're active and we're starting to move on this new adventure we have in terms of advancing our services,” said Edward Rogers, Director, Bureau of Service for Blind Persons.

Michigan law mandates blind people run all state and federal food facilities.

Cora's Cafe becomes one of more than 70 businesses across the state run by the blind.

Rob Essenberg directs the program, which provides blind people training to manage and own their own businesses.

"Blind individuals can succeed in business and can be employed by other businesses and do just as good of a job as anyone else,” said Rob Essenberg, Director, Business Assistance and Development Program.

Edward Rodgers directs the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. He says more than 30 percent of the country's blind population is unemployed. Businesses like Cora's Café help lower that percentage.

“There's four blind people working here this morning, I think, out of 7 or 8 employees,” said Edward Rogers, Director, Bureau of Service for Blind Persons.

Rodgers hopes blind employment at Cora's Cafe continues to grow because business here not only helps serve staff and local legislators, but the blind community as a whole.

Cora's Cafe will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Anderson Building.
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