By Heather Collins
If you visit the Scotty’s Brewhouse on 96th Street during lunch hours, you’re likely to experience high-fives, hugs and the bubbly personality of Carmel resident Kelly Kaser.
Kaser, 33, who has Down syndrome, has been working at Scotty’s Brewhouse for three years. The restaurant partnered with Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana through an initiative by both companies to provide job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
“This Scotty’s is amazing,” Kaser said. “I like working here the best.”
Kaser works the lunch shift three days a week and is passionate about her co-workers, guests and her ever-growing list of responsibilities.
General manager Jeff Troyer said Kaser’s work ethic is amazing.
“(Kaser’s) job is to help keep the restaurant happy, smiling and pumped up and ready to have a good time. And she does that every time,” Troyer said.
Kaser rolls silverware, runs food, seats tables, offers young diners toys from the toy chest and greets guests at the host station. Troyer said she is the best booth cleaner in the restaurant.
Sarah Coffin, Kaser’s job coach and retention specialist for Disability Services through Goodwill, said Kaser always has a positive attitude and has thrived at Scotty’s Brewhouse. As an avid Colts, Cubs and loaded waffle fries fan, Scotty’s Brewhouse is the perfect fit for Kaser, she said.
Kaser was honored with a Rose Award for consistently providing excellent service by Visit Indy in March.
“Goodwill is grateful for employers like Scotty’s who share our mindset on providing job opportunities to individuals with disabilities,” Kent A. Kramer, president and CEO of Goodwill, stated in a press release. “Our partnership has resulted in excellent employment matches for people like Kelly.”
Scotty’s Brewhouse was awarded the 2017 Employer Award for its commitment to hiring Hoosiers with disabilities by the Indianapolis Office of Disability Affairs. Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana partnered with Scotty’s Brewhouse to place 12 Hoosiers with disabilities into jobs at the brewhouse last year.