In addition to providing a safe and affordable housing option for our young adults with special needs, Promise also provides vocational training and employment opportunities for our residents. The goal is for all 126 of our residents to have a job, whether that is out in the community or at one of our 10 planned business-social enterprises. We've seen the different a paycheck and a purpose can make, and we believe all of our residents should have that opportunity.
Our first business-social enterprise, the Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe, was established in October 2013 and currently employs 10 Promisers and provides vocational training for another 50-plus. We were recently awarded $100,000 from The Gannett Foundation, as part of the A Community Thrives video contest in order to complete the build-out and start-up costs for our second social enterprise, the Promise Creative Arts Center. Our Promise Hydroponic Garden and Promise Culinary/Catering Program were recently launched at our Promise Main Campus.
Our next business-social enterprise is the Promise Cafe & Bakery, in which we anticipate construction will be complete by the end of 2018 at West Melbourne Community Park, next to the Space Coast Field of Dreams and the city of West Melbourne's skate park, splash pad and ampitheater. We hope to employ an additional 10 Promise residents at our Cafe & Bakery.
Other planned social-business enterprises include:
- Sweet Sue's Disability Friendly Hair & Nail Salon
- Therapeutic Riding Arena and Horse Barn
- Disability Friendly Bed & Breakfast
- Promise Doggie Daycare & Dog Park
- Full-sized Gym to host Special Olympics & Paralympics events
Promise broke ground on the Promise Café and Bakery in September 2016. The Café & Bakery, located in West Melbourne Community Park next to the Space Coast Field of Dreams, is nearing completion and we hope to open its doors by early 2019. The Café and Bakery will provide employment, vocational and culinary arts training to many of our Promise residents. Plans include indoor and outdoor dining, overlooking the city's splash pad, a walk-up, to-go window and ice-cream corner, a gift shoppe, private dining area and more. We will offer seasonal, fresh, homemade menu items, organic soda and more, keeping with our tagline of - simply great.
The Promise Cafe & Bakery will feature a legacy wall which will be lined with one-of-a-kind blocks made from excess wood from the Promise construction sites and other donated wood. Each block will be laser engraved with your personalized inscription and then off for custom finishes and staining by our Promisers and their families. Leaving a legacy for you or your loved one is a wonderful way to show your support for Promise and the hope of an amazing future for our residents. The walls of the Cafe will be an ever-present reminder of your support and dedication in making our dreams a reality. Each guest of our Cafe will feel the Promise love and hope for the future. For more information and to purchase a block, please click here.
We have been blessed with a matching gift opportunity to continue to raise funds for this enterprise. A generous donor has offered to match each donation toward the Promise Café & Bakery on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $500,000! Any amount you donate to the Café & Bakery will go directly toward this project. Via our Promise Cafe & Bakery Crowdrise page, you also have the opportunity to donate a piece of outdoor furniture for the Cafe and have it engraved with the name or logo of your choosing. Check it out here.
The Promise Creative Arts Center is designed to foster a sense of creativity for individuals with special needs, including the residents of Promise in Brevard, an independent living community for young adults with disabilities, as well as for the entire community. We began offering Mixed-Media Adult Art Classes in Summer 2018 to the general public covering a wide range of art mediums, from art journaling and gelli monoprinting to mixed-media canvas art. We believe that art breaks down social barriers and allows individuals of all abilities to express themselves in ways never thought possible. Our Art Zone studio features regular classes, as well as special events in which the community can take classes right alongside our Promise residents. We also offer a quiet classroom for participants with special needs as well as for one-on-one instruction. Our Killian Stark Gallery features for-sale pieces from local and consignment artists, as well as collaborative pieces made by our Promise residents. We were able to complete the construction build-out for our Creative Arts Center after winning $100,000 as part of the "A Community Thrives" grant, sponsored by USA Today and Florida Today and funded by The Gannett Foundation. Our Creative Arts Center patio, sponsored by Coastal & Cocoa Hyundai, will soon be available to rent out for private events.
For more information about the Promise Creative Arts Center or to register for classes, visit our Facebook Page HERE.