In 2022, over 3100 handcrafted drinks were made and served to our community by participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This was 3100 opportunities to challenge perceptions and show the community the immense talent and ability that exists within the disability community.
Alongside this achievement, we sold 3000 baked items that stood as a testament to our participant's culinary skills and creativity.
In 2023, our impact has continued to soar. The numbers speak volumes:
As of October 2023, 8000 meticulously handcrafted beverages and 6000 baked items have found their way into the hearts and hands of those who see the ability.
Engagement with the community has been a cornerstone of our approach to real inclusion.
We have organized or participated in Twelve community events, bringing people of all abilities together to engage in various activities and collaborations. By fostering inclusivity and breaking down barriers, these events have created joy and camaraderie and played a significant role in building our incredibly supportive community.
Beyond the tangible, we've channeled our efforts into showcasing disability-owned businesses.
Our market features seven disability-owned businesses and we purchase directly from them, resulting in over $9000 back into the hands of disability-owned businesses. This support not only supports their ventures but also amplifies the message of the incredible talent within the disability community.
Our mission is to forge pathways for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to integrate into the workforce or start a business, and that journey starts at Melly’s with our expansive program that includes 16 modules focused on workplace and work skills and 16 pillars focused on personal development.
So far, Thirty adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have participated in our program and developed their confidence and skills in a safe, welcoming environment that is dedicated
to their growth.
Additionally, this summer six youth participated in our transformative 9-week Summer Development program, opening doors to new confidence and dreams.
Perhaps one of the most impactful results is the Eleven unique employment opportunities outside of our own establishment.
Our graduates have stepped confidently into the workforce, carrying with them the skills, experiences, and determination cultivated through our program.
The power of collaboration cannot be understated.
Four remarkable business inclusion partnerships—Crossfit Oshawa, Aspire Climbing Whitby, Unique Town Boutique, and Eat my Shortbread—stand as symbols of progress and unity.
Each business hired and mentors a graduate from our program. Together, we're forging a path towards an inclusive society where everyone's contributions are recognized and valued.
Our impact goes beyond numbers; it's a story of empowerment, growth, and the unwavering spirit of our participants. As we continue on this path, we're excited about the future we're shaping—one where opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are limitless.
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