Golden Scoop Receives $50,000 Grant from Arcare

The Golden Scoop, a nonprofit organization, received a $50,000 grant from Arcare to establish a second ice cream and coffee shop location. This expansion aims to offer delicious treats to the community and provide essential workforce development training to young adults with developmental disabilities. The goal is to empower these uniquely-abled individuals to lead independent lives and achieve financial independence by earning a livable wage.

The organization plans to expand its workforce development program for young adults with developmental disabilities due to a waitlist of over 35 applicants. The workforce development program, known as “The Academy,” aims to create an inclusive and joyful customer experience while fostering a sense of belonging and independence for these young adults.

The grant will be used to renovate a 2,800-square-foot building, formerly a McDonald’s restaurant, into an inclusive and accessible workspace. This grant will cover renovation costs, equipment purchase, and initial operational expenses. The new location will enable The Golden Scoop to accommodate more young adults with developmental disabilities in The Golden Scoop Academy and provide valuable training for participants, fostering independence and workforce integration.

The grant addresses the limited space for workforce development training for young adults with developmental disabilities, who face challenges in finding meaningful employment. The Academy seeks to break this cycle by offering comprehensive training and mentorship, providing job coaching and support to overcome barriers to employment. Through grants, The Golden Scoop enables more young adults with disabilities to join the workforce, earn a livable wage, and achieve greater independence in their lives.

The Golden Scoop is a client organization serving young adults aged 18 and up in the Kansas City metropolitan area with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, Williams syndrome, and autism.

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