The Idea...

In Michigan, after 26 years of age, adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairment can no longer attend public school. For these individuals and their families, what to do next is a real challenge. In 2007, a local group of retired teachers, parents, and volunteers got together to see if they could provide some type of meaningful employment for those adults. There is a real need to provide employment for special needs adults, not only in Cadillac, but throughout Michigan.

The
After26 Project was originally inspired by a Chesaning restaurant called the Junction of Hope. The Junction is the first non-profit 501 c-3 restaurant in the country, and their purpose is to employ special needs adults in Southern Saginaw, County. Following their example, the After26 Project filed for non-profit status with the federal government, and received tax exempt status in the summer of 2008.




We're off!
Hard to believe but we are open and providing jobs to adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairment.  The board is a like minded group of people that wants to provide meaningful jobs. Thousands have connected with us through social media and by stopping by the Depot for a delicious meal.  The board is not financially compensated, rather our pay is the joy and satisfaction from assisting adults with disabilities get a job, and for many, the first job of their life! 

 



 
 
 
A north view looking to the magnificent outdoor patio at the After26 Depot which is being designed and funded by the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2012. Special thanks to the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce for their support of the After26 project.







 
 
The Board:
Back Row: Cal Reynolds, Dave Gaunt, Andrew MacDonald
Front Row: Karen Petterson, Kathy Bloomfield, Lyn Hughes
 




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