Looking for some help

Discussion in 'disABILITIES Community Board' started by darthspud, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. darthspud

    darthspud Mouseketeer

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hi everyone!
    I generally don't post on the disabilities board but I do read it frequently. I have worked in the human services field for about 7 years.. all 7 years as a PCA 3.5 years as a day habilitiation specialist and 3 years working at a private special ed school just recently been promoted to being a job coach in our vocational department.. my heart has always been in working with adult with developmental disabilities ...

    I've kinda had this dream / wish/ desire to start my own non profit opening a bakery that is primarily staffed by folks who need just a little bit more help to find / obtain meaningful employment it would be a place to teach / improve all skills across the board but I have no idea where to start! I know this won't happen over night I figuring this will be a few years in the making ...

    does any one have any advice or knowledge they can share?

    Thanks every one :wizard:
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  3. bookwormde

    bookwormde <font color=darkorchid>Heading out now, another ad

    Mar 16, 2008

    You need a buisness plan that is sustainable. In most states there are lots of grant, councils and non profits (and some for profit) organizations which can provide seed money for ideas like yours, there are even contract services that will help support it once it is established.

  4. WheeledTraveler

    WheeledTraveler DIS Veteran

    Oct 10, 2007
    bookworm is definitely correct on the getting funding for business side of things.

    For other questions, you might want to get in touch with some of the groups already out there doing similar things.

    A couple I know of:
    Roses for Austism - http://rosesforautism.com/ - a flower farm that employs autistic adults.

    Highland Rose Design - http://highlandrosesdesign.com/ - was originally a crafting group aimed at developmentally disabled adults, but now they run their own business selling intricate fabric ornaments.

    You might want to get in touch with some of the CILs in your area to see if they are aware of similar projects nearby so that you could talk to people familiar with anything specific to your area that would need to get done in terms of administration.
  5. forr2grls

    forr2grls Mouseketeer

    Jun 18, 2005
    From the mother of a 12 yr old cognitively delayed daughter-No knowledge or advice,just a great big thank you for having this as your dream.

  6. kirstenb1

    kirstenb1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    When we lived in Virginia Beach many years ago, there was the exact thing you're describing. It was called the Sugarplum Bakery. Not sure if it's still there, but you may want to google it.
  7. brat

    brat DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2011
    Read as much as you can, get info from bakers and those who run sheltered workshops, use the knowledge you have. Visit other sheltered workshops/independant living centers.Decide if you are profit or nonprofit.Know you can do it when you are ready.:cheer2:
    Down here we have a DD and other sp. needs landscape group that does good work.

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