Joseph Honored As W.V. Woman’s Club Woman Of The Year
The Wyoming Valley Woman’s Club honored Suzanne C. Joseph of Wilkes-Barre as the 2018 Woman of the Year at its November meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Genetti’s Best Western Hotel and Conference Center. Suzanne and her husband, John, own and operate David’s Coffee Shop, 374 New Market St., Wilkes-Barre. David’s Coffee Shop serves as a transitional/training site for young people with autism and is staffed entirely of volunteers. They also hold field trips for local schools who want their students to share the experience. The coffee shop is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu features soups, breads and scones which are all homemade by Joseph. On Thursday mornings the coffee shop hosts a group of special needs adults (some in wheelchairs) from Reaching Beyond Limits. Joseph prepares a special egg bake breakfast each week which they can purchase with a drink at a reduced price. Mrs. Joseph’s youngest son, David, was diagnosed with autism in 1987 at age 3, when very little was known about autism. She began to network, to research and to read everything that was available. She shared her knowledge with David’s teachers helping to develop programs for him. As David’s school years were ending, it became apparent that no programs were available for young adults with autism. It was at this time the Josephs created the non-profit organization, Thru The Cracks Inc. and David’s Coffee Shop was born. Membership in the Wyoming Valley Woman’s Club is open to all women residing in the Wyoming Valley. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding January, at noon for a luncheon. Anyone interested in membership or information may contact Membership Chairwoman Suanne Moses at 570-822-4976. From left, are Cindy Mitchell, Ann MacFarland and Suzanne Joseph.