We are helping people with disabilities have more meaningful lives.

We are an organization founded by Fathers who are taking active roles in our childs’ lives. Join us!
  • We have partnered with Crafters For Life to sell their crafts. They employ people with disabilities to make the crafts. This will be an opportunity to provide jobs for people with disabilities throughout the winter months as we look for fairs and craft shows that we can participate at. We will hire folks and provide them with a paycheck to learn how to be a sales associate. If you are interested, please contact Jim at 610-328-3824.
  • We had a Giving Thanks music festival on Sunday, November 20th. It was at Princeton Presbyterian Church, 953 Baltimore Pike, Springfield PA 19064. It was a fundraiser for Chester Eastside and we raised over $700.
  • Our Community Cup, a “pay what you can” coffeehouse, has been open now for over a year and a half. 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 currently located at Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rutledge PA, where everyone – families, young and old – especially those with disabilities – any disability – can come to chill, socialize and participate in activities, eat and listen to live music. In January 2017, we will be moving to Princeton Presbyterian Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield PA 19064. For more info please go to http://ourcommunitycup.com
  • We are in our 5th year at the Media Farmer’s Market. The market will end on October 27th with a holiday market 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. We are always 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.)
  • We had a fundraiser at the Ten Thousand Villages store in the King of Prussia Mall on Sunday November 13, 2016. We had music by Nina Camaioni, Alyssa Garcia, Danielle & Jennifer and Lizzie Hilliard.
  • 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.
  • We attended the DCIU Resource Fair on October 11, 2016.
  • We attended the VFES Resource Fair on October 13, 2016.
  • We attended the Parent Partnership Forum on October 17, 2016.
  • We attended the Autism Awareness event on Sunday September 25th from 10 until 2 at the Elmwood Park Zoo.
  • 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.

To give back to the music community who has supported Our Community Cup Coffeehouse, we started TLC Open Mic. We partnered with Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown to hold this every 1st and 2nd Monday night of the month. 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!

We are now planning our Share the Love Fest 2017 festival. Please join us in our celebration!

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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