A group of about 30 staff and clients gathered on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Troy Neuro Skills Center for the Grand Opening of the Special Tree Café. Run entirely by clients in the vocational program, In Pro, the Café sells coffee, baked treats, and healthy snacks to staff and visitors. Team Members Sara Lundsten, Troy Vocational Coordinator, and Rene Dell, Associate Director of Vocational Services, played key roles to support clients in getting the Café up and running.
Clients Dusanka E., Judie B., and others were full of excitement as everyone put the finishing touches on the Café Finally the time had come to officially "open the doors." Dusanka and Judie along with Marchie, Sara and Joe from the Voc team lined up for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Staff then used the opportunity to award Dusanka with an InPro Employee of the Month award – an honor that she has won three previous times. Unable to contain her smile, Dusanka cut the ribbon as everyone poured into the space to get their first taste of InPro's latest offering. Guests enjoyed coffee, fruit, cupcakes and assorted baked goods both regular and sugar free.
The Cafe is located just off the lobby of the Troy Neuro Skills Center, in a cozy alcove to the left of the door. The center houses a full service outpatient clinic, day treatment services, children's services, and a vocational program to serve Special Tree clients in the Oakland/Macomb area.
The Special Tree Café is located at 600 Stephenson Highway in Troy and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. More shifts may be added depending volume of customers.
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