According to the Raleigh News and Observer October 15, 2017, “The decline in the unemployment in North Carolina and the nation has been impressive, but one group has been left out of the improving job market — the disabled. There is a 45-point employment gap between working-age people without disabilities and those with disabilities. Nationally, 72 percent of the first group are employed; 27 percent of the latter. North Carolina ranks 37th among the states in employing the disabled.”
Disturbed by these facts over fifty advocates for persons with disabilities from the Wilson community began meeting in April of 2017 to brainstorm ideas for fostering employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our community.
The group decided to focus on the hospitality industry. Their idea…a hot dog/ ice cream cafe’ named WhirliDogs Cafe’. The name being a nod to the Whirligig Park in Wilson, North Carolina’s revitalized downtown.
While funds are being raised to renovate a building and purchase commercial kitchen equipment Servsafe Food Handler and WhirliDogs Prep classes have already begun.