Posted by LBS on Jan 24, 2019
Today’s speakers, Amy Philpott and Natalie Griffin are well on the way of turning their dream into a reality.  The dream, Brewing Opportunities, dba Gerry’s Café is to create an exceptional coffee shop in Arlington Heights that will employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The café’s name is a tribute to Amy’s aunt, who in her short life was an inspiration to all who knew her.  Their goal is to hire and train approximately 30 adults to serve amazing coffee offerings and delicious food, in an environment of joy.  The goal is to open by the end of 2019, but they need help.  In addition to financial support (which is definitely needed), they are seeking service providers, architectural plans, and building trades work.  There are also volunteer opportunities to help with fundraising, menu development, café design, and staff hiring and development.  To learn more, visit their website:  For questions, contact either Natalie ( or Amy (