MOXI Junction (Mothers Of eXceptional Individuals) was created to employ and provide job experience to special needs young adults, and it now needs a kitchen. It was started by three moms who had special children who were struggling with the adult challenges of dealing with Autism, Downs Syndrome, and Developmental Disabilities. They were unable to find jobs, lived at home, and had little social life or independence. These special people had no reason to get up in the morning. So the moms put their heads together, along with another friend, and created MOXI Junction which provides jobs for special needs young adults through a Coffeehouse/Bakery/Art Gallery. We have built the coffeehouse, now we need the kitchen to complete the project!
We already work closely with the local Maize school district community and the Maize civic community, providing work experience also to Business Professionals of America, art, agriculture, culinary and child development students, as well as providing job training to special education students.
We have researched specialty coffee and bakery for 3 years. Our baker has decades of experience in providing homemade bakery concoctions of many types, to large groups (Special Olympics being one).
We did not know as much about specialty coffee. But we now have 2 certified Baristas who attended Barista School for a week at the Midwest Barista School. We have attended 4 different Coffee Fests in Seattle, Chicago, and St Louis, networking with industry leaders and attending coffeehouse specific classes. The owner has attended a semester class at the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship on Starting Your Own Business, numerous continuing ed classes on business needs, and a Running Your Own Coffeehouse week long seminar at the Midwest Barista School.
Laren, Kara and Chris are anxiously awaiting their new jobs, as soon as the kitchen comes in. Laren will be the dishwasher, Kara will be the soda bartender, and Chris loves being a greeter! We also have their young friend Katie, who will bus tables, and twin sister bakers, Abby and Brianna. Soon, they will all have a Reason to Get Up in the Morning.
Logo: Lori Graham
Music: Mark Kontny
Video Production: Landon Kilgore
Risks and challenges
Our current challenge: the Kitchen actually costs $50,000 plus $10,000 for the espresso machine. So our $20,000 goal is far short of our needs. Help us surpass our goal and hit our uber goal of $60,000!
We have already faced large challenges in the building of this dream, and each one we have tackled with faith, creativity, and fortitude. We now expect turns in our path and are comfortable with our abilities to work through each twist. Our strengths have been found in bringing this project to fruition and we are now almost there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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