Cornucopia, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities develop skills and confidence leading to sustainable employment.
It all started in 1975 with a dream of a store where people with disabilities could learn real work skills in a real work setting. Founded by Anne and Brian Daw, a little storefront named The Bin was opened as a fresh fruit and vegetable market.
The dream was to establish a program to help people with disabilities prepare for employment at a competitive level.
Cornucopia has been successfully providing work adjustment training for people with disabilities since 1975. Over the years we have broadened our scope, and today we serve people with a wide range of disabilities including developmental disabilities, mental illness, autism, visual and hearing impairment, and injuries resulting from accident or illness. “The Bin” was originally located on Madison Avenue in Lakewood and an average of 12 people with developmental disabilities trained there each year. Nature’s Bin market was developed to expand on “The Bin’s” successful model of integrated education/training and retail sales, and to create a more flexible and responsive education/training program. Nature’s Bin opened on Sloane Avenue in Lakewood in 1991, and began providing work skills training to 45 individuals per year in this larger, more complete facility. A 1,800 square-foot expansion and renovation of the market was completed in October 2005 and has resulted in an increase in both training opportunities and sales.
In 1999 Cornucopia established the Cornucopia Employment Services, providing job placement and job coaching services for people with disabilities.
Trainees at these sites work with a Cornucopia case manager completing work adjustment education/training in various departments within each location. Through these community based sites, Cornucopia has gained outstanding vocational training platforms with built-in employment potential for trainees while the host sites gain an in-house pool of quality employment candidates who are pre-qualified for many positions which must routinely be filled.
In 2013, we expanded our vocational training programs with the purchase and re-development of the former McDonald’s property on Sloane Avenue into the Cornucopia Vocational Training Center and commissary kitchen. This state-of-the-art kitchen provides people with disabilities the opportunity to learn practical food-prep skills that will prove valuable as graduates seek employment in the community.
Through our community-based sites, Cornucopia gains first-class vocational training platforms with built-in employment potential for trainees while the host sites gain an in-house pool of quality employment candidates who are pre-qualified for many positions which must routinely be filled.