Our Partners

Amazon Smile

The Gus Belt Family Foundation is a proud member of the AmazonSmile foundation’s list of charities.  If you would like to donate to our foundation through your purchases on Amazon, please click on our AmazonSmile logo.

Brown Dog Cafe

Kristina McFee, owner and operator of the Brown Dog Cafe, has partnered with the Gus Belt Family Foundation from the very beginning.  She has supported our CCP  with donations and has hosted our “Employee of the Month” in her coffee shop multiple times, allowing our students to get the necessary real-world experience of working in roles from cashier to stocker to dishwasher to custodian.

Cotopaxi Schools

Danielle Van Esselstine, Superintendent and Ken Eckelberry, Principal of Cotopaxi Schools have provided our students with the opportunity to participate in the Coffee Cart Program.   The teachers and staff have welcomed the curriculum and delivery of hot drinks to their classrooms.   Each student now has the means to learn needed job and life skills toward their goal of gaining employment after graduation.

Google for nonprofits

The Gus Belt Family Foundation is a proud member of Google for Nonprofits.  Google for Nonprofits is a partnership program designed by Google. It provides free tools to nonprofit organizations that allow them to communicate, raise funds, and connect with donors quickly and efficiently.  All of the products included are owned by Google and provide solutions for every major nonprofit need.

Happy Cup

Jeffrey Sherman, owner and operator of the Portland, Oregon-based Happy Cup Coffee Company has partnered with the Gus Belt Family Foundation by allowing our CCP students to communicate and learn from his staff of all disabled adults who roast, package, and distribute coffee to coffee houses all around the United States, including in Salida, Colorado.  Our students gain valuable information from these experienced and employed adults “with potential”. 

Emily and Andrew Walker,  owners and operators of the Little Red Hen Bakery in downtown Salida, Colorado share our mission of helping disabled adults find employment in their community.  They provide our CCP students the opportunity to work at their bakery.  The students learn to make breads and cookies, wash dishes, cashier, and offer their friendly patrons free samples of delicious baked goods daily.  Thank you to the Little Red Hen Bakery who provides us the opportunity to share with our students the gift of baking homemade, organic breads, pastries and much more.

Safeway - Salida

Susan Matthews at the local Safeway in Salida, Colorado has made generation donations to the CCP in order to much needed supplies for our Coffee Cart Program. 

Starbucks - Canon City

Janet Marchiani, manager and operator of the Starbucks in Canon City, Colorado has partnered with the Gus Belt Family Foundation.  Ms. Marchiani hosts our CCP “Employee of the Month” in her coffee shop numerous times throughout the year.  This allows our students to attain the necessary real-world experience of working in her coffee shop in roles from stocker to greeter to drive-thru server.

Steam Coffee Caboose

Rami Kaan is the owner/operator of the Steam Coffee Caboose who shares our mission of helping to employ . adults with disabilities.  She uses Happy Cup Coffee Company (one of the GBFF’s partners as well) to source her coffee at the Steam Coffee Caboose located in Salida, Colorado.  We look forward to partnering with her to show our CCP students that they are capable employees.  Look for our upcoming events in May 2020 for something special from the Steam Coffee Caboose and the students of the CCP.

Tony's Mountain Pizza

Tony’s Mountain Pizza is located in Westcliffe, Colorado and they are partnering with the Gus Belt Family Foundation to help the special education students in the Coffee Cart Program to learn and gain the valuable job skills like cooking pizza, hostessing, waitressing, and dishwashing in a real world work experience.  The owners and operators of Tony’s are already employing adults with disabilities and are proud to partner with the Gus Belt Family Foundation.  Thank you Tony, Carol, and Jill!!

Testimonials

"I can't tell you how I look forward to my tea every afternoon. And the delivery always comes with a reminder of the added blessing of seeing Gus's smile!"
Sarah
Title 1 Teacher
"Hey! Again today was wonderful, just love each and every one of them, they just warm my heart!"
Kristina
Brown Dog Coffee Owner
"I am talking to the younger students of the ideas of job skills, and tell them that they can learn from the CCP leaders deliver."
Jenn
Elementary School Teacher
"The students are learning a lot and being exposed to cool opportunities through the CCP. Thanks for all you do with them, they will benefit from this for the rest of their lives."
Ken
Principal
"I was truly moved by it [the experience] honestly. This is what I had hoped to be able to do, thank you for your amazing gift to me and my team."
Janet
Manager at Starbucks
"I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the SPED students, department staff, and you. I truly enjoy the kind, friendly service provided when I receive my delightful cup of tea."
Kathy
Title 1 Teacher

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