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From Dog Biscuits to Smiles

From Dog Biscuits to Smiles 

Jim Wurster at Our Community Cup Event announcing a musician

 

Jim Wurster had an idea to start a business making dog biscuits. He had seen the business model replicated successfully and knew the business would work for his family and for others with disabilities. He began searching for a kitchen he could rent in his area when he started a conversation with a Pastor. The conversation changed to one about a community coffee house where people with disabilities and their families and caregivers could attend.  Pastor Pam told him they used to run one a while back and they came up with the idea of resurrecting the coffee house.

As a father of a child with autism he knew that adults with disabilities have a harder time finding things to do.  This is why he started Our Community Cup. He wanted to provide a place for families and caregivers of people with disabilities to have a social venue.  Having volunteered for the Haverford Music Festival he already had access to musicians, so the next logical step was to combine the music with the venue.

“Those who attend are like family. It not only matters for the families that they have a place to go that is non-judgmental but it also has reached the musicians and changed their lives.”  One of Jim’s favorite stories is of the musician Gabriella Mercado. She originally was the opening act but stepped in without hesitation to perform all night when the headliner cancelled.  Gabriella naturally interacted with the audience and brought them up to sing along with her. Gabriella’s father later told Jim that that night really changed her life.

When asked how he measures the organizations success, Jim said, “My success is to see a smile on just one person’s face.”  To learn more about Our Community Cup you can visit www.ourcommunitycup.com.


 



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