Gerry's Cafe

A Cup of Joy

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

Providing exceptional food, drink, joy and community through the extraordinary acceptance of everyone.

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 open a cafe in Arlington Heights, Illinois, that will employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will hire, train and supervise approximately 30 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 Come Build It With Us?

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 Thank You Statement from the Co-Founders of Gerry’s Cafe

     Thank you so much for your generosity and ongoing support of our mission at Gerry’s Cafe!  Because of your donations, we were able to meet our INITIAL fundraising #Builditwithus Campaign goal of $500,000 in the first two years as a new nonprofit.  This is an impressive accomplishment and illustrates the community support and passion for this type of business model. 


     We would love to use these generously donated dollars right now to open Gerry’s Cafe, yet we remain paused until the national vaccination program has reached full effectiveness allowing restaurants to operate at 100% capacity.  We can then safely hire and train our exceptional employees to be the shining stars in our Flagship Cafe. Rest assured, our funds are securely deposited in an FDIC insured account with Village Bank & Trust, waiting for us to properly utilize. 


     Fundraising never ends in the Nonprofit world, and we have already begun working on campaigns for 2021.  First up is our PITfall Campaign which is focused on crucial funding dollars for the first year of operational hard costs, Payroll, Insurance and Taxes, three crucial indices to any small business surviving year one of operation.  Our second Campaign is searching for a donor or donors to earmark needed dollars for our accessible and refrigerated catering van. These two campaigns will help #Empowerus to be successful when we open! 

     Gerry’s Cafe will open, and safely!   We look forward to keeping you informed of our progress through 2021.  Together, we will make a difference in the lives of those living with disabilities in our local community.


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+


“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