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Each & Everyone

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Jan Underwood

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It all started with a … …. determined young man with Down Syndrome and the desire to be a Chef. At age 21 he attended a vocational program at Eastern New Mexico University designed for people with limited abilities. Since Austin had never learned to read, he was not a good candidate for a Chef job, but he quickly learned skills to be an excellent Prep Chef in the University cafeteria. His love of food had him yearning to own his own restaurant. Some 16 years later, Austin is taking his show on the road selling “Underdawg Hot Dogs” in his Traveling Dawgmobile! Understanding the needs of people with limited abilities, Austin knows how important it is to help his fellow man. For this reason, Austin’s Underdawgs has developed a Fundraising source event in addition to operating his for profit business. Austin’s favorite charity is The Each & Everyone Foundation” which is dedicated to improving the lives of people with limited abilities through vocational training and working in society to the maximum extent possible. The Each & Everyone Foundation is a “not-for-profit” corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation is raising funds to create a Vocational Practicum where person’s with various challenges can participate in different areas of on-the-job training. The property where this unique practicum is located, belonged to a family of immigrants, who found their way from Italy to Mingus, Texas in 1906. The family purchased a grocery store which they operated and passed it down to the next generation until it permanently closing in 1972. Jan Underwood, who’s grandmother was a sibling to the last family member to operate the store, purchased the property for the Each & Everyone Foundation several years ago. The vision is to restore the old grocery and open a Delicatessen, Ice Cream or Snow Cone Shop and an Underdawgs Restaurant. The property plans include greenhouses for growing organic vegetables and foods to be served in the restaurants. Landscape and lawn management, agriculture, retail, food services and office management are just a few of the job training placements made available at this venue. In addition to the grocery store, the family owned a Liquor store which has been home to C.A.R.E. (Community Area Rescue Effort) for dog rescue. The rural area has a serious problem with the public from nearby cities dumping their unwanted animals. Remodeling on the Rescue Facility is already in progress, creating indoor-outdoor dog runs, an office, meeting and social room with kitchenette and a spaying and neutering clinic for visiting veterinarians Here students will be able to participate in learning skills relating to veterinarian assistants, animal care and cleaning, grooming and office management skills. Jan’s vision has existed since her son, Austin, attended the vocational program in New Mexico. The Texas higher education schools do not provide this type of Vocational setting for person’s with unique challenges Each and everyone of us want to be successful, have a job and gain independence. Everyone deserves that opportunity. Jan Underwood’s vision of a working, sustainable Vocational Practicum with placements that transition into real jobs in the community deserves everyone’s attention and support. Austin Underwood is doing his share with Austin’s Underdawg’s, so be kind, be generous, you will be happy you did.

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