Only 17.5 percent of people with disabilities are employed in competitive employment according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to Social Security, 56 million Americans, or 1-in-5, live with disabilities.
As professionals and parents in the field of disabilities both Heather and Jackie have sat in years of meetings that seemed to end with a feeling of little to no hope.
Many disabled children and adults want to work and “live a normal adult life”.
Our society is slowly and in a pain staking manner incorporating disabled adults into employment. Many states are becoming “work first” which means that work should be looked at as the first option for a disabled adult. But, the jobs are, at times, very hard to come by.
As a nonprofit – A Cup of Hope is seeking $35,000 seed money from multiple funding sources to open. The store front will initially be a rental. We will open as a small coffee shop / cafe-bakery. A Cup of Hope is a coffee shop and bakery cafe that will employ people with disabilities. In fact – 90% of all employees will have some form of a disability. What will start as one store has the potential to spread in so many ways.
The niche employment concept is not new. Project SEARCH, Greystone Bakery, Bitty & Beau’s and so many more. The movement of Hope is spreading quickly and I am asking you to be a part of something huge. Hope for inclusion and integration for all. Hope for acceptance and a meaningful life for all.
11/13/2017A Cup of Hope: Monetary Contribution With No Reward$1.00
11/13/2017A Cup of Hope: Monetary Contribution With No Reward$20.00
11/16/2017A Cup of Hope: Monetary Contribution With No Reward$100.00
11/17/2017A Cup of Hope: Monetary Contribution With No Reward$50.00
12/11/2017A Cup of Hope: Monetary Contribution With No Reward$25.00