While celebrating its fifth anniversary on Nov. 4, the Vestavia Hills-based nonprofit Unless U announced a new collaborative project with Big Spoon Creamery at the store’s Homewood location.
After cake and ice cream, Unless U Founder and Executive Director Lindy Cleveland provided an update on its capital campaign to build its own school in Vestavia Hills. Officials broke ground on the site in November of last year.
Cleveland announced that the new building will include an ice cream show called Unless U Scoops.
According to Cleveland, the shop will provide a safe and fun work environment for the students of Unless U, adults with developmental disabilities.
Part of the organization’s mission is to provide multiple opportunities to shape and grow their students as a whole. Current programs provide services for the students to grow academically, socially, physically, and spiritually.
Unless U Scoops will be the first program that offers vocational training for students.
The program was made possible through a partnership with Big Spoon Creamery, whose ice cream will be served in the shop.
At the time of publication, Unless U had raised $1.5 million of their $1.6 million goal for the new school. Construction has officially begun, with a goal of finishing the project during the fall of 2020.
For more information, visit unlessu.org.