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The name "Beyond26" is reflective of the age individuals with disabilities age out of the educational system in Michigan. Twenty six is the age of discovery for these adults. Beyond26 seeks to find employment and volunteer opportunities for adults over 18 with disabilities. Our vision is to bridge this gap through positive engagement through the Community, Business and Corporate partners.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Beyond26 began in 2018 by a group of community members who noticed a lack of opportunity for adults who are over the age of 26 and have developmental disabilities. This group, comprised of parents of adult children with disabilities and individuals deeply connected to these families, understood that 26 is a critical age for an adult with disabilities; this is the age of discovery, and also the year they age out of Michigan’s education system. While the next step should likely be employment, these opportunities are, unfortunately, few and far between for adults with disabilities. We aim to bridge this gap between local businesses and a community of job seekers by using positive engagement through employment and volunteer opportunities.
Upon opening its’ doors, We had an immediate outpouring of adults with disabilities coming forth and seeking job placement services. Additionally, after consulting a variety of local agencies who also work with individuals with disabilities, it was undeniable that this service was much needed in our West Michigan community. We are proud to have placed six job seekers within the first year and more than tripled that number in the following nine months! As these numbers continue to increase, we are rising to the occasion to successfully support individuals with developmental disabilities and connect them to meaningful employment so they may thrive as individuals, and thrive within our community.