Sunshine Communities celebrating 75th anniversary

Press Staff Writer

        Sunshine Communities, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
        In honor of the milestone, Sunshine Communities held a press conference Feb. 7 to commemorate its legacy of empowering lives and fostering inclusion in the Northwest Ohio community and beyond.
        “We use the word ‘believe’ intentionally at Sunshine. This is because every promise made begins with a belief of what is possible –– a vision of what could be,” said Jason Abodeely, Sunshine CEO. “As we celebrate 75 years, let us remember that our journey from promise to progress is ongoing. Through partnerships, innovative programs and quality-care outcomes, we continue to extend our support to as many families as possible.”
        As part of its anniversary celebration, Sunshine Communities will host a series of events throughout the year, including fundraisers and community outreach initiatives. The events aim to celebrate the organization's achievements, raise funds to support its ongoing programs and engage the community in meaningful dialogue about the importance of inclusion and support for individuals with developmental disabilities, Abodeely said.
        Georgette’s coffee available
        One of the achievements is Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts, Sunshine Communities’ beloved coffee shop, staffed and operated by individuals with developmental disabilities. At the press conference, Sunshine announced that 12-ounce bags of Georgette’s coffee are now available in multiple local grocers and other businesses throughout the area, including Walt Churchill’s Market, Kazmaier’s Market, Sautter’s Market, Monnette’s Market, and others. The proceeds from every bag of Georgette's coffee sold are reinvested in Sunshine Communities and go toward life-changing programs.
        “Georgette's Grounds & Gifts represents Sunshine’s commitment to creating inclusive employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities," said Melissa Jender, a Sunshine-supported individual and Georgette’s spokesperson. “By supporting Georgette’s, the community plays a vital role in fostering a more inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”
        Abodeely said Sunshine Communities extends its heartfelt gratitude to the community, supporters, volunteers and partners who have been instrumental in its journey over the past 75 years.
        For more information about Sunshine Communities, visit


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