ISABELLA Ramici has been a barista for a year and already has a coffee shop named after her: Isabella's Foyer Cafe.
The cafe is at the not-for-profit adult day centre Dunrossil in Merrylands and is the handiwork of the Holroyd Art and Craft Society. In 27 years, it has raised more than $50,000 for the centre through its annual art and craft exhibition.
The society, formed in 1975, will hold its next exhibition fundraiser at Dunrossil this week.
"We got our coffee machine through their last fundraiser and trained Isabella in a barista course," Dunrossil program manager Peter Calderone said.
Ms Ramici, of Wentworthville, has been a client of Dunrossil — a division of Break Thru People Solutions — for four years.
The centre is funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care to provide day care for about 60 people who, like her, have an intellectual disability.
Clients are taught independent living skills, including art, craft, music, photography and cooking. They also go on community outings.
"A lot of people do their Christmas shopping here [at the exhibition] because the prices are so reasonable," president Marjorie Harwood, of Guildford, said.
Items for sale include paintings, cards, knitted items, ceramics and earrings.
This year's exhibition will be opened by Holroyd deputy mayor Dr John Brodie tonight, at 7.30pm. Cost: $5, includes supper.
Details: Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Call Beth, 0412 042 845.