Project Worker Keith proudly displays his first paycheck!
"This is the best day of my life"
Project worker Keith is pictured above receiving his first paycheck. On opening day, which was Tuesday June 4th, Keith was asked how it was going and his response was, "This is the best day of my life!"
The Depot officially opened for business on Tuesday June 4th, 2013.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday 7am till 2pm
Saturday - Sunday 8am till 2pm
Dinner Friday 5:00pm till 8:00pm
Saturday evening available for private parties & banquets
Project Workers on the job!
At the conclusion of the breakfast soft opening, After 26 Project Workers pose for group photo.
From left to right on the back row is Lydia, Kevin, & Derrick, the front row is Nicole & Michael.
A view of the dining area in the After 26 Depot
Looking northeast a view of the dining room and beautiful furniture. The Tables and chairs along the east
and west walls are bar height which gives guests a magnificent view of Lake Cadillac or the City Park.
Local Architect Paul Gaffke instrumental in renovation
The After 26 Project Project is fortunate to have had local architect Paul Gaffke involved with the Depot. Paul provided all of the architectural drawings that have been required, which are numerous. He graciously donated his services 100%, Paul provided a significant amount of time to generate all the drawings that were necessary which included architectural, new commercial kitchen, new bathrooms, and beverage area. Plus Paul also provided unlimited consultation which was invaluable and necessary. Paul provided insightful advice and guidance on every aspect of the renovation of the historic Ann Arbor Railroad Depot. He is an Afghanistan war veteran and resides in the Cadillac area with his wife Jennifer and young children. Thank you Paul for your incredible donation!
Architect & After 26 Benefactor Paul Gaffke
After 26 on MInews26 featuring electrician Tim Wiebenga, click here to view story
WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT
CLOUS CONSTRUCTION KEY IN RENOVATION
The building is taking shape and the historical elements are coming back. The synergy of so many volunteers is also showing results and After 26 needs to thank Richard Clous and Clous Construction, who have taken the lead on critical construction aspects of the renovation process, which is extensive. The Clous crew have all taken a special interest in renovating such a magnificent building. Thank you Bubba, Cooter, Billy, Mark, Leaf, Kenny, and of course Richard Clous himself. We are overwhelmed by your donation. Other huge contributors of time and talent are Tim Wiebenga of Wiebenga Electric and Youth Build Cadillac. Also thanks to Rob Hill from Hillside Interiors for doing a fabulous job on finishing the drywall and giving After 26 a huge break on cost. Volunteerism is the energy that is driving the After 26 Project. We thank everyone!
We have received a wide range of community support from so many people! Volunteers, individuals, retirees, community organizations, civic clubs, local businesses, in-kind donations, also the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce, the AMVET, the federal government, the city of Cadillac, the community and people of Cadillac. Thank you all, each of you is playing a vital role in this cause!
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!
We are on a campaign to get 2626 likes as possible on facebook. Please go to our facebook page and 'like' the After 26 Project. Help us provide jobs for special needs adults in the greater Cadillac area. Please note every like that ends in the numbers 26 will receive a free cup of coffee, and the 1026 and 2626 like will receive a free After 26 t-shirt.
SUPPORT AFTER 26 BY SELLING ON eBAY
Do you sell items on eBay? After 26 Project is now a charity in eBay's Mission Fish. Be sure to make us one of your favorite charities!
OUTDOOR PATIO TRANSFORMS
Thanks to the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2012 for donating and creating the all new outdoor patio on the West side of the Depot and featuring a spectacular view of Lake Cadillac, the city park, and the Cadillac Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion. The outdoor patio is the community project selected by the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2012, a program of the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce. The patio is transformational in the sense it takes a previously non-usable space and makes it useful, practical, and enjoyable. You can see the new patio pictures here or simply drive, walk, bike, or jog past the historic Ann Arbor Railroad Depot at the corner of Lake & Cass Streets!
WIEBENGA ELECTRIC STEPS UP BIG
The After 26 Project is a true community endeavor. A great example is the incredible donation provided by Tim Wiebenga of Wiebenga Electric. Tim sought us out and asked if we had an electrician. On his own without any prompting Tim said he would be willing to donate 100% of labor for the new electric service. When you consider we are putting in a brand new commercial kitchen, this includes a tremendous amount of hours and a total value of $20,000. Thank you Tim, we are so grateful.
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Volunteers...The After26 Project would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers. They give their precious time and make such a meaningful contribution. Click here to see an updated volunteer list.