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.
Announcing the New Location of Gerry's Cafe!!
1802 N Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
Please watch our video to learn more. A huge thank you to all of our supporters, donors, volunteers, ambassadors and partners for making this day happen!!! Wow!!!
Witness the outpouring of support we have received by our Community! But we are not done! We still need your help!
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To Donate by Check:
Make checks payable to:
mail to: c/o Natalie Griffin
1802 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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
“Since I worked at Forest Brew, I know I want to work with coffee. Gerry’s sounds cool. Can I work there?” - Jamie, age 22
“Gerry’s will be a perfect addition to a very giving and supportive community, Arlington Heights. The owners are amazing people and understand the need for something like this in our community. Good Luck Gerry’s!” - Cindy, Jamie's Mom