Java shop offers disabled a shot

At Peninsula Perk progress is measured in espresso shots and ounces of steamed milk, not minutes.

Every line is met, the coffee preparation is methodical, and instructions are repeated with each new order. But with each latte, breve, Americano and chai, employees there are learning how to take care of themselves through taking care of their customers.

Christian Henry, who turned 28 on Monday and Cheryl Sutton, 32, are on the road to independence, but their route is longer than most. They are part of Peninsula Services’ rehabilitation and employment program. Both started at the stand last fall in hopes to one day have the skills to reach their destination. During the year both Henry and Sutton have made great strides said Kathy Hart vocational skills trainer for Peninsula Services.

“He’s just blossomed being in the public eye,” Hart said of Henry.

Henry, who rarely spoke, now asks customers their orders and makes a fine latte.

Sutton, who used to lack coordination with her wardrobe, dresses professionally. She has also gained more focus.

“She talks more professionally and adult-like,” said Heather Rook, a member of Sutton’s 24-hour assistance staff.

Sutton lives in her own place in Bremerton, and members of her staff help her get to work.

The stand, which has been operating since October, serves 20-50 people a day. It is located in the 1300 Sylvan Way building which houses employment training programs, and most of the

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