Since she graduated from high school, despite the challenge of Autism (Aspergers), our daughter Rachel's dream has been to live on her own, support herself and have fun with friends. Becky and I had no specific expectations - just a lot of HOPE for her future. We just hoped she'd be safe - and happy. After 7 years of job searching and interviews, despite job classes with Vocational Rehab, she was turned down time after time. We watched as her bright, eager hope dimmed and disillusionment set in.
However, now hope is on the horizon! We were recently introduced to Promise in Brevard, a non-profit organization based entirely upon donations and grants. The purpose of Promise is to help our most vulnerable citizens to live independently with dignity by providing safe, affordable housing that will support and enrich their lives and employ them in local businesses.
Rachel is hoping to move into her apartment on the Promise campus when construction is complete (scheduled to open this August!) Meanwhile, Promise is moving ahead Phase II:
A big part of Promise’s mission is to provide training and jobs for the residents so they may be productive, independent and proud of who they are. One of the endeavors Rachel is excited about is Promise Café & Bakery, where she hopes to work. You can imagine this is pretty important to all of us!
Dependent entirely upon donations for completion, Promise Café & Bakery (also under construction), will not be finished without your help! Any amount you can donate (every dollar matched by a very generous donor) toward this project will help several young adults living at Promise to follow their dreams of learning culinary skills and working creatively in the food industry.
Since she heard about Promise, Rachel has never doubted that this was meant to be for her future. Becky and I know that she will meet new people, make friends, have the support she needs to meet every day challenges... and live her dream. Will you please help us to help Promise become a reality?
You may find out more about Promise and the Café & Bakery at promiseinbrevard.com.