We are HOPE
The Junction of Hope is America’s first nonprofit 501(c)3 restaurant. Our mission is to employ adults with special needs in Saginaw, Shiawassee and Genesee Counties. Though we operate as a restaurant, our real purpose is to be an employer of people with special needs.
The Junction began on February 1,1998, when founder, Linda Diem, purchased the restaurant at Layton Corners. Today the Junction operates a restaurant, banquet room, training center and linen facility that employs over 30 adults with special needs from a three county area.
How We Operate
Jobs designed for our employees with special needs are carefully assigned based on the employee’s skills, abilities and interests. Our employees with special needs work from three to 20 hours per week, depending on their skill level and stamina. An important aspect of employing people with special needs is that they require extensive training and sometimes frequent retraining. To meet this demand, the Junction has job coaches on staff that work one-on-one, nurturing, encouraging and providing guidance with a loving and caring heart. Our job coaches help our special needs team stay focused, do a good job and be proud of their work.
Who is in Charge
The Junction is run by a non-paid board of directors. The day-to-day operations are handled by a full-time General Manager. Everything we do is focused on our mission, which is to employ those with special needs.
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