BELONG will implement its mission to provide dignified, meaningful, paid employment, job training and opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the operation of a bakery and pantry in the Memorial neighborhood of Houston, Texas. BELONG will employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to prepare baked goods and large, family-sized meals for carry out.
BELONG will provide education and training to allow its differently abled employees to obtain state required certifications for food safety and food handling. In addition to the certifications and training required to work at BELONG, we will continue to foster professional and social development through the implementation of additional training and experience gained during employment and supplemental vocational training programs.
BELONG will strive to set an example to other employers by showcasing a more inclusive workforce for this capable population while greatly enriching the lives of those volunteers and neighbors in the community who choose to support BELONG.
•A survey shows that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population.
•Only 44% of adults with ID aged 21-64 are in the labor force.
This is compared to 83% of working-age adults without disabilities who are in the labor force
•According to the employment survey directed by S.B. 2027, 85th Legislative Session, Regular Session, 2017, regarding access to employment training programs, 84 percent of participants expressed a desire to be trained and achieve employment,but lacked the resources to do so.
•Youth with disabilities report similar aspirations for the future as youth without disabilities, youth with disabilities often have limited opportunities to participate in educational and career planning services
•Employment provides opportunities for socialization and to become more financially independent, as well as foster a sense of productivity and self- worth.
•Employment has been recognized as an important goal for improving the quality of life of adults with intellectual disabilities.
•From a business perspective, companies that employ individuals with disabilities are viewed more favorably by the public.
•Educate yourself about the skills and contributions of workers with intellectual disabilities and what they can contribute to a business's success and work environment.
•Review your workforce to determine whether you are an open and welcoming employer for persons with intellectual disabilities.
•Actively reach out to persons with intellectual disabilities when recruiting employees.
•Use sound business thinking in designing jobs for persons with intellectual disabilities that challenge them to grow and develop new skills, not just perform mundane, uninspiring work.
•Be a leader by example to other businesspersons in overcoming stereotypes and prejudices that have kept persons with intellectual disabilities from having gainful employment and careers.Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.