Gerry's Cafe
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A Cup of Joy

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Gerry's Cafe

Let's create a workplace where all people with different abilities are included and celebrated!

Our Mission is to operate a community destination cafe, offering craft food and beverage, prepared and served by employees, twenty-two and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our cafe will be a place of joy for all employees and patrons.

Our vision along with the support of our community

is becoming reality!

There are so many ways to join

us in making this labor of love an establishment where friends and families will gather and fill their cups again and again. 

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps support Gerry's Cafe. Your donation is tax deductible for IRS purposes.

Our Mission is to operate a community destination cafe, offering craft food and beverage, prepared and served by employees, twenty-two and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will hire, train and supervise approximately 40 adults (ages 22 and older) to work in our cafe.

We will serve amazing coffee offerings, fresh baked pastries, cafe style breakfast & lunch and add catering with delivery service. We want to support the many capable adults living in our community by offering job opportunities and competitive wages. 

Witness the outpouring of support we have received by our Community!

But We Are Not Done! We Still Need Your Help! Won't You Help Empower our Employees?

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Ambassador Program
To donate by CHECK:
Make checks payable to Brewing Opportunities and mail to: c/o Natalie Griffin
1303 W. Watling St.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

WE DID IT!!!

LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT! The day has finally come for us to announce the location of Gerry's Cafe! 1802 N Arlington Heights Rd. in Arlington Heights! Watch the video to learn more!!!! THANK YOU to all of our supporters, donors, volunteers, ambassadors and partners for making this day happen!!! WOW!!!

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We are creating a unique environment which will provide joy through human interaction...

We proudly provide competitive employment for exceptional individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 22+

Celebrating Gerry's Cafe Employees

“Gerry’s Cafe is important to me because I love to see people in my community. They see me and my friends work. They can see people with Down Syndrome and disabilities are all the same. We just want to work, have a loving family, friends and be a part of our community. I don’t want people to think I’m special. I’m just Cristina working like everybody else.”  -Cristina, age 23