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Jabez Café

Latin-Inspired Coffee and Homemade Food

Thursdays and Fridays 9am-2pm


Jabez Café supports immigrant families with special needs children aged 16-21. We provide an employment-training program and work experience for young adults with developmental disabilities. Jabez Café creates a safe environment for building job skills, confidence and independence. We create a sense of community and build awareness of the barriers people with disabilities face. 

About Us


Jabez Café was founded in 2022 by IC Compassion staff member Pastor Dayrin Lovan and a group of immigrant parents seeking to help their young adult children live independent lives and build a greater sense of community for their families. We offer coffee, smoothies and culturally-inspired food. All menu items are donation based. 

Café Location and Hours


We are located within IC Compassion

Thursdays and Fridays

Food available 9am - 2pm, drinks until 3pm

Jabez Café is made possible through your generosity.
Select "Jabez
Café" on our donation page.

Partners and Donors

  • Amerigroup

  • Iowa City Community School District

  • Iowa City High School

  • Parent Volunteer Committee

  • University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development

  • Clear Creek Elementary

This program is made possible through a generous grant from Amerigroup

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