Gerry's Cafe
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A Cup of Joy

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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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

A Message from the Co-Founders of Gerry’s Cafe

MARCH | 2022

What's Going on with Gerry's?

In response to this question, we, the founders of Gerry’s Cafe, Amy and Natalie, are working closely with a commercial broker, a professional cafe designer, and our coffee roaster to determine a location that will ensure the greatest success. It is not about speed in getting open, but rather about sustainability. Our team is researching existing successful cafes and meeting with the owners to determine the ideal square footage, best location for traffic, and the equipment list and costs. We are also learning about the hits and misses shared from the personal experiences of these owners. The Gerry's Cafe Board and the Nine Strategic Teams of professionals are guiding us and overseeing the budget with fiscal prudence. There is tremendous value in doing our research and making careful decisions prior to choosing the final location. With the continued support of our community and our donor base we will become a reality. As founders, we remain as committed as ever to the mission and vision of Gerry’s Café.  All of us are super excited with the steps being taken to position Gerry’s to be a life-altering part of our community for years to come. Please feel free to reach out to Amy or Natalie with any questions or ideas. Thank you again for your continuing support.

 

Thank you for your belief and trust in us!   Natalie & Amy

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