The nonprofit employs more than 20 teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at a concession stand at Centennial Ice Arena. It hosts a fundraiser at Stashs tonight.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jacob Nelson
Sunday, November 11, 2012
If you got a drink from the concession stand at Centennial Ice Arena last winter, you also gave a special group of people a unique learning opportunity. That's because for the past year, the concession stand at Centennial has been run by Best Futures, a non-profit started by a group of mothers to employ teens and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Want Highland Park news in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. "We had found out that the ice rink concession stand was vacant and we thought it'd be a great idea if we took it over and employed kids with special needs, since there are not many employment opportunities for the special needs population," said Lisa Whitefield, a Highland Park resident …
A Buffalo Grove mom is among the leaders of a new nonprofit organization that will provide job opportunities to people with disabilities.
New employment opportunities are around the corner for people with disabilities. A group of suburban parents have formed Best Futures Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports families with disabilities. A cornerstone of its efforts is the launch of a concession stand at the Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park, where visitors will soon be able to purchase snacks and beverages sold by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Best Futures, which formed about two years ago, is composed of a core group of eight women who have a disabled family member. The founders, who include Buffalo Grove resident Gerilyn Miller-Brown, also hail from Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield and Skokie. The organization, which developed its …