Grateful Bites is operated by a NON-PROFIT called Ability2Work. Ability 2 Work champions a supportive, inclusive employment environment for the differently-abled. We believe that all people are entitled to contribute to their community, receive the rewards of a job well done and be appreciated for their contributions. Ability 2 Work exists to give the differently abled the same opportunities of typical developing individuals.
Grateful Bites is an entrepreneurial non-profit that has rethought the way businesses and non-profits work together. Our mission is to train and employ the differently-abled. Our vision is to extend our model of supportive and inclusive employment to other businesses. As a B2B mentor we will assist the differently-abled in equal access to jobs in their own communities.
We are different. We are not social workers trying to start a business. We are employers. We are business people— entrepreneurs— who also have worked at non-profits. Current other non-profit models require constant fundraising. In our entrepreneurial model we seek to free ourselves from this endeavor and consumption of resources. We use the revenues of Grateful Bites as a business to support the non-profit, thus creating a self-funding non-profit.
- Fact: Less than 4% of differently-abled adults have jobs and only 50% of that 4% will have that same job a year later (US Department of Labor)
- Fact: In 2013 “employment first” regulations lump the differently abled into the same category as the non-cognitively impaired. Developmental disabilities require different support than someone with a physical impairment in our minds, but not according to the government.
- Fiction: Differently-abled individuals are unable to function as productive members of society.
- Fact: Differently-abled individuals are human beings capable of anything with the correct support and lots of love.
Our ultimate goal is to provide the differently abled with the support and guidance to help them become functioning members of society. Not only do we use our resources to teach each individual skills such as baking, cooking, and customer service, but we also use our resources to teach each individual life skills. Life skills including but not limited to: nutrition, communication, exercise, reading/writing, responsibility, self-awareness, and many more. We are unique in the way that we tailor our supportive and inclusive environment for each individuals’ needs. We do not limit our differently abled, but rather push them to grow and show the world the amazingly beautiful human beings that they are.