A small cafe with a big mission!
Inclusion. Jobs. Dignity.


 


At Rise Up Cafe, we provide secure, successful jobs which in turn help our employees form meaningful friendships with their peers; live independently; improve their public speaking, develop self-advocacy and communication skills; and feel valued and included by society. We celebrate and honor their special abilities!

It's an Inclusion Revolution!


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Integrated employment,
front and center



For too long, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been kept in the shadows. Rise Up Cafe is about inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for all. Visit us in our awesome flagship shop, right in the middle of downtown Sarasota, Florida.

Dignity and Respect


JOBS TRAINING

Great coffee, ice cream, and food in an inspiring environment



Slow down, enjoy delicious coffee, breakfast sandwiches, gourmet ice cream, yummy lunches, and indulgent treats while you spend time with our amazing Rise Up Cafe team members.

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It took a vision and a village to establish and cultivate our coffee and ice cream shop, Rise Up Cafe. Many thanks to our generous partners.


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  • Dignity
  • Respect
  • Acceptance


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Smaller space, BIGGER presence!
We are honored and thrilled to announce that Rise Up Cafe is among the ranks of several other esteemed establishments in Sarasota to be chosen to operate a location at the SRQ airport!! This is HUGE for our team of dedicated employees to be seen and interact with an infinite number of people everyday, reaching far beyond the limits of our current location. With that, we are closing our downtown cafe (end of day) Saturday February 25th to focus on the expanded opportunity at the airport along with our collaborations with The Haven - that we guarantee will have a massively positive impact on the lives of the people we serve. We thank you all for your support in the first stages of our development and now it’s time to FLY ✈️ at the SRQ airport! Bring. It. On. 🤘🏼

SRQ airport saw over 4.3 MILLION passengers pass through in 2023! Let’s see if we can educate people from all around the globe the value of hiring people with disabilities!! 

- Beaver and Erin Shriver
#letsGROW 🌟🌟🌟🌟
#inclusionrevolution
#winning 
#srqairport
#biggerandbetter
#inclusionjobsdignity 
#sarasotafoodies 
#sarasotaflorida 
#diversityincludesdisabilities

Smaller space, BIGGER presence!
We are honored and thrilled to announce that Rise Up Cafe is among the ranks of several other esteemed establishments in Sarasota to be chosen to operate a location at the SRQ airport!! This is HUGE for our team of dedicated employees to be seen and interact with an infinite number of people everyday, reaching far beyond the limits of our current location. With that, we are closing our downtown cafe (end of day) Saturday February 25th to focus on the expanded opportunity at the airport along with our collaborations with The Haven - that we guarantee will have a massively positive impact on the lives of the people we serve. We thank you all for your support in the first stages of our development and now it’s time to FLY ✈️ at the SRQ airport! Bring. It. On. 🤘🏼

SRQ airport saw over 4.3 MILLION passengers pass through in 2023! Let’s see if we can educate people from all around the globe the value of hiring people with disabilities!!

- Beaver and Erin Shriver
#letsGROW 🌟🌟🌟🌟
#inclusionrevolution
#winning
#srqairport
#biggerandbetter
#inclusionjobsdignity
#sarasotafoodies
#sarasotaflorida
#diversityincludesdisabilities
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Happy Friday! Get your coffee fix today at Rise Up! ☕️

Happy Friday! Get your coffee fix today at Rise Up! ☕️ ...

Come by and say hello to Kelley, our famous dancing barista! Exciting things ahead in 2024! This is 🔥🔥🔥🔥
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#diversity #riseup #letsGROW #sarasotaflorida

Come by and say hello to Kelley, our famous dancing barista! Exciting things ahead in 2024! This is 🔥🔥🔥🔥
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#diversity #riseup #letsGROW #sarasotaflorida
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Are you ready for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?! Be here Saturday Feb 3rd!! 
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@icecreamassociation

Are you ready for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?! Be here Saturday Feb 3rd!!
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Our work doesn’t end at the espresso machine. On this frigid Saturday night, we are building new and better programs that go beyond the technical skills required to work in the cafe. We are in the business of creating connections that you can feel but not necessarily see. 🌟 We. Are. Magic. 🌟Excited to share more as we move forward in our efforts to build up our community in some very creative ways. A big shout out to Patti, our creative and caring night manager for sharing this resource with me. 🙏

- Erin Shriver 
#bigmagic #socialskills #riseup #diversityincludesdisabilities #transitions #sarasota

Our work doesn’t end at the espresso machine. On this frigid Saturday night, we are building new and better programs that go beyond the technical skills required to work in the cafe. We are in the business of creating connections that you can feel but not necessarily see. 🌟 We. Are. Magic. 🌟Excited to share more as we move forward in our efforts to build up our community in some very creative ways. A big shout out to Patti, our creative and caring night manager for sharing this resource with me. 🙏

- Erin Shriver
#bigmagic #socialskills #riseup #diversityincludesdisabilities #transitions #sarasota
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DJ Mike on the mic was dancing the the beat of his own tunes this morning at Rise Up. He turned up the heat on this cold Florida morning! 💃

DJ Mike on the mic was dancing the the beat of his own tunes this morning at Rise Up. He turned up the heat on this cold Florida morning! 💃 ...

Me: Izzy, what makes you nervous?

Izzy: Life. And women close to my age. 

Who can relate?!! 😂😂😂 

- conversations with Erin and Izzy! 

#riseup #womenmakemenervous #life #sarasotafoodie #sarasota #coffeeshopconversations #diversityincludesdisabilities

Me: Izzy, what makes you nervous?

Izzy: Life. And women close to my age.

Who can relate?!! 😂😂😂

- conversations with Erin and Izzy!

#riseup #womenmakemenervous #life #sarasotafoodie #sarasota #coffeeshopconversations #diversityincludesdisabilities
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Milkshakes with meaning!! We’re thrilled to partner with @thehavensrq on a culinary training program designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities A big THANK YOU! 😊 to the Gould Family Trust Foundation at @gulfcoastcf for supporting this effort with a $50,000 grant. Kitchen and food prep skills, on-the-job restaurant training - all with the end goal of securing employment - and making MILKSHAKES! Let’s GROW!! Apply at link in bio!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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#sarasotafoodie #diversityincludesdisabilities #icecreamlover

Milkshakes with meaning!! We’re thrilled to partner with @thehavensrq on a culinary training program designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities A big THANK YOU! 😊 to the Gould Family Trust Foundation at @gulfcoastcf for supporting this effort with a $50,000 grant. Kitchen and food prep skills, on-the-job restaurant training - all with the end goal of securing employment - and making MILKSHAKES! Let’s GROW!! Apply at link in bio!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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#sarasotafoodie #diversityincludesdisabilities #icecreamlover
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