By Julie McCoy
On May 1st, Laura and I finally acquired the lease and keys to our new building. We have been busily painting and setting up the store and it’s shaping up nicely if I do say so myself! Although it is a lot of work, the payoff has been tremendous.
We have had a number of special needs individuals come in to assist us with sorting, hanging, and pricing clothes. They’ve also been working hard to learn the cash register. We have had a blast!! The individuals have varying abilities and in only two hours time they managed to sort all the clothing by size and place them on the respective racks. It was fun to experience the team effort that was put forth by everyone.
The groups are anxious to return and will be at our store on Mondays and Thursdays. We will also have other individuals throughout the week who visit from other programs. We are so excited to start this community project and we welcome you to come and be a part of it too.
We are very interested in help from community volunteers to assist in sorting clothing and other items. As always, I can be contacted through my email or call the store. firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-328-4701. Or stop in to check it out and get a sense if this is something you would like to take part in.
This Labor of Love that Laura and I are experiencing has already been so rewarding. We wanted to be open by June 1 but that was an unrealistic dream. We are now scheduled to open on Monday, June 25 at 10:00 am. We are looking forward to a good flow of customers but PLEASE be patient with our workers as the cash register, answering the phone, and generally assisting customers are all new responsibilities for many of them.
All in all, we are all eager and ready to greet you!!
Soaring Dreams, Inc.
2000 S. River Rd (M29), East China
Corner of Hatheway and M29 on SW corner. (near Dairy Queen)
Julie McCoy is the mother of an adult son with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Now retired, she has worked in many different fields, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Human Resource Administration through Concordia University. She also worked as a substitute teacher, requesting Special Education classes. She is involved at the state level in an Advisory Implementation Group comprising 50 other individuals from within the state working on a mandate from the federal government called Home and Community Based Service Waiver or HCBS waiver. This waiver comprises of moving persons on Medicaid and are I/DD from specific segregated facilities to the greater community. Her goal is to establish a location that will not only serve the community, but will strengthen the abilities of, and bring recognition to, one of the most vulnerable populations in our country.
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