We are helping people with disabilities have more meaningful lives.
Check out our GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/newavenuecafe
We are an organization founded by Fathers who are taking active roles in our childs’ lives. Join us!

We have started a new venture to give back to the music community who has supported Our Community Cup Coffeehouse this past year. Our new open mic is called TLC Open Mic. We have partnered with Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown to hold this every Monday night. It is located at the 501 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, PA and is open from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Our project Our Community Cup Coffeehouse received a follow-on grant from The Presbytery of Philadelphia. They made a video of their grantees. We are continuing our social experiment in community building. Join us!

Our Share the Love Fest 2016 was a huge success. We had over 100 people attend and raised about $1,000. We have some great sponsors (The Rotary Club of Central Delaware County and California Pizza Kitchen). We are now planning our 2017 festival. Please join us in our celebration!

  • We are in our 5th year at the Media Farmer’s Market. The market will end on November 17th. We provide opportunities for young and old adults with disabilities to showcase and sell their crafts. Ellie is with us again to sell her jewelry. Margot is with us from Busy Hands. Gloria may be with us from Peaceful Path. We are looking for others who would like to sell their crafts with us. This helps us develop important ties to community residents and civic leaders. Please contact us if you are interested. The people who we hope will be with us this year include:
    1. Jewel Grotto https://www.etsy.com/shop/jewelgrotto.
    2. Peaceful Path (shawls and scarves) https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeacefulPath.
    3. Artcards By Amy etsy.com/shop/ArtcardsByAmy.
    4. Busy Hands (handmade hats, scarves, blankets, neck warmers, etc.)
  • This year we will also have a bakery booth called Our Bakers at the Media Farmer’s Market. Our friend and partner, Jerry Sheehan, in our bakery project will be baking his delicious baked goods as he did 2 years ago at the market.
  • And we will be at the Newtown Square Farmer’s Market. This will go to September 28th. We will have a bakery booth and a coffee booth. The hours are from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • We are also at a new farmer’s market in Aston on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 selling our baked goods.
  • Our hiking program at Scott Arboretum has ended for now. It is called Wellness Walks. We hope to schedule this again for the fall. Click here for more information.
  • To help raise funds for our bakery project, we are starting a Community Supported Bakery (CSB). It’s called Our Bakers. We have bread shares and pretzel shares. Each will run for 15 weeks. You have a choice of 6 different kinds of 1.5 lb loaves of crusty breads for $82.50 (which is $5.50 per loaf of bread). We are also selling Bavarian Pretzel shares just for sea salt at this time. The cost is also $82.50 for 15 weeks for 3 pretzels which is $2.00 per pretzel. Check out our website for more info and to sign up.
  • Our Community Cup, a “pay what you can” coffeehouse, has been open now 1 and a half years. We have been averaging 20-30 every Friday. We are very pleased and happy that we can provide something that you like. It has been a rewarding experience and we are learning a lot. It is located in Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church basement, Rutledge PA, where everyone – families, young and old – especially those with disabilities, autism, Asperger’s, etc., can come to chill, socialize and participate in activities, eat and listen to live music. For more info please go to http://ourcommunitycup.com
  • We hope to be starting a cafe/bakery business in Delaware County PA. We are negotiating on a place in Media-Springfield PA.
  • We are working with other organizations concerning housing projects/ideas. A coalition will be set up to work on this.
  • We are looking to start other projects that help the community like our successful Indiegogo campaign to make backpacks for the homeless in Chester PA. Please contact us with your project ideas.

The Office of Intellectual Disabilities in Delaware County has been working on additional trainings focused on the impact of Competitive Employment on benefits for people with disabilities. The next one will be in 2016.

New Avenue Foundation is a grassroots, nonprofit organization comprised of families who are interested in creating innovative programs and services for people with developmental disabilities and autism. We focus on goal-oriented social programs, community inclusion and new housing alternatives. We are especially looking for families in Delaware County who believe they can play a role in achieving these goals and who are willing to work toward them for their family members. We are interested in having more families join our efforts.

The mission of New Avenue Foundation is to create meaningful lives for people with disabilities – all disabilities – through advocacy and innovative services.

Who are we?

Learn more about Thomas Reinke and James Wurster.

I realized when someone asked “where we use funds that are donated to us”, that I need to be more transparent. We will use any funds that we raise for a bunch of activities we are running and hope to run. Several of our business ideas are to employ people with disabilities and give them a paycheck. 75-85% of people with disabilities are unemployed. The other activities we have are social in nature. 1. Help with the expenses of Our Community Cup Coffeehouse. 2. Help fund a new outdoors program we are starting with the Scott Arboretum. 3. Help fund another outdoors program we are working on with Tyler Arboretum. 4. We are looking to start a café/bakery/pizzeria in which to employ and train people with disabilities. We need to raise a lot of money for this. 5. Help fund our Media Farmer’s Market vendor space where we provide opportunities for people with disabilities who are craftsmen to sell their crafts and get out into the community. 6. We are looking to expand our farmer’s market idea into other local farmer’s markets. 7. Help fund a business at local farmer’s markets to sell coffee. We are looking for families of people who are disabled who would like to help run this business. Funds will be used for startup costs.

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