. We have always wanted to be able to get a building of our own that would provide a business for our members to run and give them job training. In addition, this building would provide a place for us to have meetings, do other types of job training and provide housing for those members who need it..
In the past several years, there have been many budget cuts that affected the disabled. If the future holds more of the same, the disabled will be left without help. We want to start now so that our members have the skills and attitudes to meet this challenge when the time arrives!
In the summer of 2012, we joined Donor's Forum and are now actively searching for grants to make our dream a reality. We can no longer operate on dues and the meager donations we receive and we cannot continue to wait for jobs to become available to our members. We must work to create what we need. We have a planning committee and have attended workshops to learn how to find grants, write grants, set up a business and market it.
We are trying to raise $100,000. to start a "Green products" business with all items being made in the U.S.A. Some of our items will help homeless women and children and various other groups of disabled young adults. We expect to start the business online to learn as we go and to change what we offer until we have a steady following. At that point we would like to move into a store which would offer us other needed job skills that we could teach our members. Our hope is to teach enough job skills to our members so that they could earn a living wage and not depend on the whims of the government for their subsistent monthly checks.
A business of our own will make it possible for us to provide employment and job training for our members and help to support our charitable organization.