Who was Georgette?
Georgette Engler was a mother, a visionary, a caregiver and one strong-willed woman. She and her husband, Roy, raised five children with disabilities at a time when others often institutionalized those who were different.
In 1950, the Maumee couple founded Sunshine Children’s Home to help other families care for their children with disabilities and to help “bring a little bit of sunshine” into the lives of these children through loving care in a clean, home-like setting.
Today, residential options remain the core of its operations, but Sunshine offers vocational, clinical, recreational, and other services as well to more than 400 people with disabilities in Northwest Ohio and their families.The men, women and children that Sunshine supports live, work and play on their terms.
Today’s name, Sunshine Communities, better reflects its core mission: To build community for all.
Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts offers supported employment to workers with disabilities in its kitchen, its customer service, its gift shop and other areas.
And Roy and Georgette’s original home? That’s now the packaging plant for our Fair Trade Certified, 100% shade grown Arabica beans from Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
Our goal is to provide opportunities and meaningful income for people with disabilities locally and farmers and artisans around the world.
Your cup today not only tastes delicious, it helps ensure that farmers and artisans around the world are paid a living wage, helps protect the earth as it builds business around the world, and builds opportunities for those with developmental disabilities.
So please, let this coffee warm your heart.
You’ve warmed ours.
A wonderful little place to meet up with a friend.