Where Community Works
COCO Cafe is a project of Cedar opportunities Co-operative. Our mission is to operate a successful social enterprise that provides employment, training, and socialization opportunities for people with developmental disabilities within their community. Cedar Opportunities Co-operative (COCO) was established in 2007 by families in the rural community of Cedar, all of whom shared a vision of full inclusion for their family members with developmental disabilities. In June 2011 COCO Café opened its doors as a realization of this concept. From its initial café operations, Cedar Opportunities Co-op has grown its services to offer a full catering and a retail food department. We pride ourselves in continuing to grow the social aspect of our enterprise in the coming years. COCO continues to provide many permanent employment opportunities for our staff with developmental disabilities and looks forward to expanding opportunities in the future.
In 2014 COCO Cafe provided approximately 3300 hours of supported employment. With increased cafe business and catering operations in our community in 2015 our supported employment was increased to approximately 4400 hours. In 2016 we saw a project increase of additional 27%, to 5700 hours by continuing to grow our catering department and by increasing existing operations to include a full breakfast menu with extended breakfast hours on the weekends; until 2 pm on Saturday and our Sunday Brunch from 8am-2pm.
In 2016 COCO also implemented a Three Month Supported Work Experience Program. This program was created to help alleviate the overwhelming need for employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. We now offer training in a supported environment that develops transferable employment skills, resume building, and interview training that promotes to future employment opportunities outside of COCO.