About us

coffee shop logo - The Café at Greenwich Library
coffee shop logo - The Café at Greenwich Library

The Partnership

The Café at Greenwich Library is a unique partnership between
Greenwich Library and Abilis to write the next chapter in café service.

Companies that Hire Special Needs Adults

The Café at Greenwich Library is run by Abilis as a competitive employment program and provides those with special needs meaningful employment, an opportunity to learn important job skills and to be gainfully employed.

As a nonprofit, Abilis supports more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives.

Greenwich Library serves as the community's cultural and intellectual crossroads and is excited to offer The Café at Greenwich Library, which has been newly remodeled as part of the Reimagine, Renew and Repurpose renovation project.

Meet Our Team

Here are some of the friendly faces that you'll see at The Café!

Heather-CGL Library

Heather Brown Lowthert

The Café Manager

Teresa Bracchitta

Swing Shift Manager
Special Needs Abilis Employee Alexandra


Alexandra’s dog takes center stage in her life and she loves taking her dog for walks, as well as singing, dancing, watching YouTube challenges and movies and watching favorite TV shows. Working at The Café at Greenwich Library is great because she loves being around other people, and as an added bonus, she can walk to work.
Special Needs Abilis Employee Danny


Danny’s favorite foods are tomatoes and mozzarella on bread, along with cheeseburgers, steak, ice cream sundaes, chocolate milkshakes and coffee. He loves working at The Café as it allows him to be social with customers and co-workers. In his spare time, he is working on a career in music. He also enjoys theatre, playing basketball and watching singing competitions and sports with his family.
Special Needs Abilis Employee Melanie


Melanie likes working at The Café and enjoys making coffee - she also likes the food partners of The Café and is especially fond of Garden Catering. Her favorite food is a ham wedge sandwich. In her spare time, she hangs out with friends and listens to music, sings and dances.
Special Needs Abilis Employee James


James is a graduate of Greenwich High School and attended George Mason University. He loves cake and ice cream and his dog Cooper. He is most excited about working at The Café at Greenwich Library as he gets to meet and work with such fun people.
Special Needs Abilis Employee Michelle


Michelle enjoys working at The Café on the cash register as well as meeting new people. Having The Café inside Greenwich Library is an added bonus as she is an avid reader who loves autobiographies. She spends her free time writing plays, listening to old music and watching nostalgic TV shows. Her favorite movie is The Miracle Worker. She was the 2016 GHS Homecoming Queen.
Special Needs Abilis Employee PJ


PJ spends his spare time reading books, watching movies, playing Mario Bros., going to flea markets and telling jokes. He’s likes working at The Café because he likes to work and enjoys being busy and friendly.

Our Partners


Shearwater Coffee Roasters

Shearwater Coffee Roasters makes small-batch organic coffee with a richer taste and supports Fair Trade USA and sustainable farming.

At Shearwater, the integrity of its small batch organic coffee roasting process is built into its core values. The result is 100% USDA Certified Organic roasted and certified Kosher. Shearwater begins the roasting process of its artisanal brews with organic coffee beans imported from small coffee farms from Mexico, Central and South America, East Africa and Indonesia.

The farmer-owners who provide the coffee beans are committed to sustainable farming and ensure the roasting, serving and delivery processes minimizes the impact to the environment. Shearwater uses a highly energy efficient Diedrich IR-12 infra-read roaster designed to operate on less electricity than conventional roasters. In Fairfield County, Connecticut, Shearwater Coffee Roasters even delivers its fresh-roasted organic coffee to wholesale customers in a fully electric zero-emission vehicle.

Shearwater’s vision started with its founder Ed Freedman’s passion for organic coffee, his attention to detail and commitment to sustainability. When Shearwater opened its family-owned business in 2013, it was the only small batch organic coffee roaster in the area.

Shearwater Coffee is served at numerous restaurants and at Whole Foods Market in Fairfield County.

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