Promise has developed a variety of social enterprise concepts, designed to employ our residents and provide the opportunity for them to help pay for their own independent living needs. Our focus is on the abilities, rather than the disabilities, of our residents and the instrumental roles these individuals play in our society. Once established, these enterprises will help generate funds for Promise, which will, in turn, allow the organization to be self-sustaining.
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Promise Social Enterprises
Our first social enterprise, which opened in October 2013, is our Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe, located at 3040 W. New Haven Ave., in the center of West Melbourne. We currently have 8 Promisers on our payroll at Treasures and provide vocational training for another 30 young adults with special needs and operate with the help of more than 40 community volunteers. We offer a variety of boutique and furniture items, home décor, holiday items, handmade soy candles, all-natural doggie treats and free freshly baked cookies for our customers. We accept donations of gently used items, as well pick-up for furniture or large donations. The schedule a pick-up, please call (321) 536-4344.
We broke ground on our second social enterprise, the Promise Café & Bakery, in September 2016 and completed construction in early 2020. Located in West Melbourne Community Park and directly south of the Space Coast Field of Dreams, the Promise Café & Bakery is a 7,000-square-foot facility that can host events with up to 150 guests, as well as a 40-seat private dining room/meeting room for smaller events. The effects of COVID-19 forced us to switch gears from operating a fully functioning Café to reopening just the Ice Cream area of our facility. Opened in Sept. 2020, Aves’ Place Ice Cream offers 10 flavors of hand-scooped Bluebell ice cream, as well as milkshakes, signature sundaes, kids’ lunch boxes, hot dogs, gourmet baked goods and more. Aves’ Place features indoor seating, a children’s area and gallery featuring artwork made by Promise residents available for purchase, as well an outdoor walk-up window and open-air handicapped-accessible picnic tables. The Promise Café & Bakery is directly next to the city of West Melbourne’s Skate Park and amphitheater and features outdoor pavilions, overlooking the city of West Melbourne’s Splash Pad. Our next goal is to offer birthday party packages and rentals of our outdoor pavilions and indoor private party room. If interested in renting an area of our Café, please email email@example.com. “Aves” is the great-granddaughter of a very special person who helped bring this amazing project to life. At 8 years old, she represents the future generation of children with special needs and the many opportunities before them. For the latest updates and hours for Aves’ Place Ice Cream, please visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/avesplaceicecream or call us at (321) 722-7664.
The Promise Creative Arts Center was designed to foster a sense of creativity for our residents with special needs, as well as for the entire community. One of Promise’s planned social enterprises, our Arts Center features a vibrant public art gallery, large studio and outdoor patio. It can be rented out for events and private public classes and we welcome artists from throughout the area who would like to host their own art classes and workshops. For contact us, call (321) 722-7400, Ext. 131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are a business owner and are interested in employing our residents, please contact our Employment Specialist, at (321) 722-7400, Ext. 102.