Matching Grant for Hugs Cafe's Audit
Hugs Cafe reached out to Hope 4 All for a grant of $8,000 to conduct an audit for their 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. We have committed $4,000 and hope to raise the remaining $4,000 through this campaign. We believe in their work creating job opportunities for people with disabilities and hope you will help us support them with a donation!
The mission of Hugs Café Inc. is to enhance the lives of adults with special needs through training and employment. It is their passion to offer a place of hope, understanding, grace, and success to each individual so they may be recognized for their abilities and talents in the community. Hugs Café Inc. is composed of three programs. Hugs Café is their flagship program where they directly employ 24 adults with special needs in a café setting. When they are closed on Mondays, they offer cooking classes and food handler’s certification instruction via the Hugs Prep program. Hugs Greenhouse is our newest program that recognizes food service may not be for every person or every ability. They have developed a second social enterprise that trains and educates adults with special needs on gardening, retail sales, and socialization within the community. All programs offer training and educational employment to adults with special needs so they may gain respect and independence. In 2019, Hugs provided 11,010 hours of meaningful employment and paid out $101,000 in wages to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities that would otherwise be unable to contribute to society.
Hugs is ready to grow and build a replicable model to further impact, but they need this audit to open the door to new funding opportunities. This funding will create a sustainable pathway to budget for future annual audits and ensures Hugs has the necessary documentation to demonstrate financial best practices. The 2018 and 2019 audit will help Hugs on their path to secure funding for expansion to a second Hugs Cafe in the North Texas area and an expanded online presence so more adults with different abilities will experience their four core beliefs: hope, understanding, grace, and success!