A place for coffee, a place for Alex

Jennifer Shiller, left, manager Kelsey Shruck and Annie Koch at A Place for Coffee.

As the mother of a special-needs adult, Marinette’s Jennifer Shiller worried about the future. This is an apprehension shared by other parents. If something happens and neither parent is able to provide care, what will happen to their child?

“All parents of a child with a disability have the same fears,” she said. “They want to have a safe and loving place where their adult children can grow up. As they say, “it takes a whole village to raise a child”, and this especially applies to the community with special needs.

It was with this concern that Shiller formed a nonprofit dedicated to his son. A Place for Max obtained 501(c)3 status in 2019, just before the pandemic hit and delayed fundraising for a facility. It also led to the start of a second business, A Place for Coffee, a for-profit venture that would donate a portion of its sales to help fund the non-profit organization.

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