The Mission of Hugs is to create an inviting place of training and employment for adults with special needs while providing dignity, self-worth and developing respect in the community.
To us this is more than just a statement, it’s ingrained in our very soul. In everything we do, we strive to fulfill our Mission and to complete our goal of changing the world one hug at a time.
Hugs Cafe has been in the making for more than 15 years and began as a simple passion for people. Our Founder and President, Ruth Thompson, found this passion in the early 2000’s while working with Adults with Special needs in Parker, Colorado at New Day In Home and Respite Care. This served as the foundation for Hugs Cafe and would ultimately lead to its formation in 2013. Without her inspiration, her drive and her determination, we would not be here today.
Upon moving to Texas in 2004, Ruth combined her passions for people and food by teaching cooking classes to Special Needs Adults at Market Street in McKinney. For nearly ten years Ruth taught two classes per week, constantly striving to help develop new skills, become more independent and enhance their personal self-worth. After retiring from teaching, Ruth searched for new ways to enhance the lives of Special Needs Adults and has channeled her passion and dedicated every waking moment to making Hugs Cafe a reality.
Our Teammates are the reason why we’re here in the first place. They are our inspiration and the very soul of Hugs Cafe. Without them, Hugs Cafe has no purpose, so it would seem cruel not to introduce you to them. Below are a a few of the Teammates we’d like you to meet who represent just a handful of the Teammates we intend to hire as we continue to grow Hugs Cafe.
They are our inspiration and the very soul of Hugs Cafe
Since forming Hugs Cafe Ruth has surrounded herself with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom share her passion for people and service. This group comes from all walks of life and has decades of professional experience in nearly every field imaginable. As a team, the Board of Directors has made incredible strides to make Hugs Cafe a reality and will continue to help Hugs Cafe make a positive and lasting impact on all of its employees and the greater DFW community.