A big salute to Huck’s Hero Randy Lapidus of Columbus, Indiana. He discovered the struggles disabled people face after his daughter suffered brain damage due to cardiac arrest. The community raised money to help her, so he decided to do something to pay them back, by helping mentally-challenged and disabled people build their self-confidence and get some work experience on their resumes. Thus was born his hot dog restaurant, Special Dogs & More, where all positions are filled by people with special needs. He says doctors told him his daughter would never be able to function again, but working on an ice cream truck with her mom helped her recovery. Now, he’s giving that same work therapy to seven employees at Special Dogs.
Lapidus said, “The expression on their faces when they’re back there cooking, that money can’t buy. You can have all the money in the world and not be as happy as we are right now.”
His workers might be mentally-challenged, but they understand that there’s value and pride in doing any job to the best of your ability. That makes them smarter than a whole lot of people who think they’re pretty sharp. Click the link and read the full story. You’ll be glad you did.