Construction has begun on our new handicap-accessible Commercial Kitchen. This new facility will enable our venture, Ike’s Gourmet - America’s Gourmet Dog Treat Cookie Company, to continue fulfilling orders, keeping pace with our sales success. All proceeds are reinvested into our chefs, adults with disabilities.
The IKE Center creates jobs for our community’s most vulnerable, adults with disabilities. Fulfillment work for local companies includes sorting, labeling, and packing. But the heart of our 70,000 sq. ft. Center is our bakery where Ike’s Gourmet was born. Owning our own venture enables us to control our future as we march toward independence.
After careful research from our nation’s top nutritional veterinarians, fruit, filled with vitamins and nutrients, was often missing from our dog’s diet. We took the top four fruits from their list and created our first collection:
• Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Blueberry Muffin and Pumpkin Pie
Our shortbread cookies are vegan, and grain-free using the finest and freshest natural gluten-free ingredients. National retailers are sharing our excitement for our original dog treats catering to new digestive and allergen issues, as well as the social justice of our cause.
A stream of orders has become a river and our capacity to produce and ship promptly has been pushed beyond our humble kitchen. The estimated costs for our Commercial Kitchen construction are $600,000, with an additional $400,000 for new equipment, totaling $1,000,000.
As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our family of donors who share in our mission. Not only do our adults with disabilities receive a weekly paycheck, but are taught how to deposit their checks, sign their names, and interact with tellers. Our teaching and training are ongoing, not just with vocational services, but social services as well. As we reach toward independence, we inspire our clients to reach toward independence as well.
Your tax-deductible donation will be used immediately to complete our Commercial Kitchen. A receipt indicating our 501-C-3 number and status will be sent for your tax purposes.
Please Donate Today!
On behalf of the more than one hundred adults with disabilities who call the IKE Center home, we thank you for your generous support. Your commitment is very much appreciated.
Eisenhower IKE Center