85R22790 JGH-D
  By: Sanford H.R. No. 1528
         WHEREAS, Established to empower people with special needs,
  Hugs Café in McKinney is rendering a significant service to its
  community; and
         WHEREAS, The café's founder, Ruth Thompson, moved to McKinney
  in 2004 and soon began to teach cooking to adults with special
  needs; holding classes twice a week for 10 years, she helped these
  individuals develop new skills and become more independent; and
         WHEREAS, Inspired by the success of her classes, Ms. Thompson
  decided to open a restaurant that would provide employment for
  people like her students; with the support of many in the community,
  she embarked on a successful fund-raising campaign, and the
  nonprofit Hugs Café welcomed its first customers in 2015; and
         WHEREAS, The café serves lunch Tuesday through Sunday and
  features an inviting menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, and
  desserts; more than 70 percent of the café's teammates are people
  with intellectual or developmental disabilities, many of whom work
  part-time and all of whom earn at least minimum wage; Ms. Thompson
  herself puts in up to 60 hours at the café every week to help ensure
  its success; and
         WHEREAS, Hugs Café is offering its employees a chance to
  build the confidence and self-respect that will help them to live
  meaningful, rewarding lives, and equally important, the business is
  encouraging public appreciation for the capabilities and dignity of
  adults with special needs; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Hugs Café for valuing the strengths of
  individuals with special needs and extend to Ms. Thompson and her
  staff sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Hugs Café as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.