Empower Us in 2021 image

Empower Us in 2021

Help us raise the funds to be successful in our first year of operations

$31,544 raised

$500,000 goal

/ 150


We need your help so we can avoid the PITfalls our first year in business

We are so grateful to our community for supporting our Builditwithus Campaign in our first two years as a new nonprofit organization to help us raise the start up building costs needed to Open Gerry's Cafe! While we wait in a pandemic pause before we can safely build-out our accessible and inclusive cafe, we forge ahead with fundraising to ensure we are successful in our first year of business. We are working towards the necessary funds to enable us to pay the wages, insurance and taxes in our first year of operations.

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 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.

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

Gerry's Cafe will provide 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!