Hanover restaurant recognized for employing special needs adults

By Lauren Compton - bio | email

ASHLAND,VA (WWBT) - When you come to Homemades by Suzanne in Ashland you can be sure to expect a warm greeting, friendly smile, and good food.

Manager Kimberly Mills says Ashland is a  town where everyone knows everyone and employees know their customers on a personal level.

"It's nice to come in to a place where people ask how's  your husband doing, how's your wife. We're a very family based oriented company," said Mills.

In January, Homemades by Suzanne was honored at the National Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) Conference in Milwaukee.

"An ASPE award is for associations or organizations within the county [Hanover]  that helps find special needs individuals a job within the county," said Mills.

With assistance from the Hanover Community Services Supported Employment Program, Homemades by Suzanne employs adults with disabilities. Homemades by Suzanne currently has two employees with disabilities on their staff.

Mills says programs like these are important because everyone deserves a chance to succeed.

"Everyone deserves a chance and yes they are special needs, but in certain areas they are as  normal as you and  I. They have strengths and weaknesses," said Mills.

Homemades by Suzanne
102 N. Railroad Ave.
Ashland, VA 23005

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