Ice cream shop to employ locals with special needs

Positively El Paso

Howdy Homemade is a new ice cream shop coming to the Borderland looking to employ those with special needs.

The Down Syndrome coalition of El Paso along with the El Paso Community Foundation made the announcement during the 4th annual Whole Hog fundraiser. 

The chain restaurant serves unique ice cream flavors like their signature Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip, but they want to be known for their employees behind the scoops.

The store trains and employs people with Down Syndrome and Autism.

“I like to see the little kids with smiles on their face when they come get our ice cream,” Lindsey Riddel is one of the employees in the Dallas location.

“She scoops ice cream, works the register, but most importantly I think she provides what is so lacking in the restaurant industry and that’s great customer service. She can be friendly when I’m kind of grouchy,” founder of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, Tom Landis said.

Becoming one of the newer cities to open this ice cream shop is something organizers feel El Paso is ready for, “We should address the fact that there’s just an incredible amount of adults with special needs desparately pray for a job and that’s what Howdy Homemade is here for. I think El Paso is a perfect fit,” Landis said. 

Revenue from the two shops will go towards funding the Every Little Blessing local preschool which educates children with Down Syndrome. 

The location for the two ice cream shops has not been decided, but the Down Syndrome Coalition expects to have them opened within a year to 18 months from now.

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