Our goal is to bridge the gap between local businesses and a community of jobseekers by using positive engagement through employment and volunteer opportunities.
"You're shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even." II Corinthians 8:12-14 (MSG)
We envision a community where every individual is able to enjoy the benefits of a workplace environment, and in turn every workplace is able to celebrate different abilities and enjoy the benefits of inclusivity.
We aim to demonstrate the love and support of Jesus Christ as we work with individuals before, during, and after the employment process.
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 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. Beyond26 aims to bridge this gap between local businesses and a community of jobseekers through employment and volunteer opportunities.
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. Upon opening its doors, Beyond26 had an immediate outpouring of individuals coming forth and seeking job placement services. Today, Beyond26 is constantly striving to successfully support individuals with disabilities and connect them to meaningful employment so they may thrive as individuals, and thrive within our community.