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!

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?

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

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

JAN | 2022

Thank you so much for your generosity and ongoing support of our mission at Gerry’s Cafe!  Co-founders, Amy Philpott and Natalie Griffin, are hard at work with their fellow board of directors and many professionals who are offering their services, pro bono, to help open Gerry’s Café!


Amy is working alongside our commercial broker, George Frigelis of @properties. They are researching cafés throughout the area to determine equipment, space, and location needs.  Natalie is working with a team of special education and vocational professionals to create job applications, the hiring process, and job training programs for our future employees.


We have seven strategy teams of volunteers with strong leaders meeting monthly to create policy for the nonprofit organization, build our financial budget for build-out and operations, marketing, fundraising, and more! 


There is a lot of work to be done and we are most grateful for our startup donors and ongoing supporters. This is a community effort that will open doors and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thank you for sharing this journey to make a difference in the lives of those living with disabilities in our 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+

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