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Four words come to mind when Amy Philpott remembers her aunt, Geralyn Wehmer, who was born with Down syndrome and passed away just shy of age 4: joy, light, love and inclusion. And it was in that spirit that the Arlington Heights @properties broker and her business partner founded Gerry’s Cafe, Brewing Opportunities.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit, coffee shop and restaurant, will employ and offer training to some 60 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and also work toward educating the community about their needs. They’re working to raise $500,000 to pay for the cafe’s lease and construction costs to make the space accessible and inclusive, and have so far collected $270,000. Philpott said she hopes the Agents’ Choice recognition will move the needle even further.
“We have so much work ahead, but it is a mission of social change and inclusion. We want to help solve a problem,” Philpott said. “The recognition of our work, our mission and the need for viable employment for our exceptional workforce at Gerry’s Cafe, Brewing Opportunities is so appreciated. Thank you for supporting our passion to make our world a better place one job at a time.”
Finalists: Bethanny Alexander, Baird & Warner; Anne Rodia & Rachel Kane, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff