As a public school special education teacher, Taylor Ellerbrock witnessed the stark reality of life after high school for students with special needs. While other students look forward to the pursuit of college and careers, Taylor’s students had limited opportunities to find meaningful employment in their lives after high school.
The “unemployment crisis” that impacts individuals with disabilities (up to 80% of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are unemployed nationwide) had come true for Taylor’s students, and it was a reality she was determined to change.
In 2016, Taylor sat down with Rick and Carolyn Jones who had experienced this reality first-hand with their two daughters. Through these conversations an idea developed to do something about this crisis in Bryan/College Station, Texas. After many more conversations where the dream took shape, they decided to take a leap of faith and create The BEE Community. In October 2017, The BEE Community was founded with a single purpose: to create a community for everyone to experience the dignity that comes from employment.
By the grace of God, The BEE Community will open its doors in the fall of 2018 offering an innovative work community that provides a sense of belonging and respect for adults of all ability levels. The BEE Community will collaborate with local experts to create quality goods to sell locally and online. We believe that every individual is made in the image of God and therefore has dignity, worth, and the divine design to work and contribute. If you would like to read more about our core beliefs, click here for our Statement of Faith.
Carolyn Jones-Women's Director at Grace Bible Church in College Station, TX
Rick Jones- Lead Research Scientist at Seminis Vegetable Seeds
Ashley Monogue- Owner & Photographer of Ashley Monogue Photography
Brent Monogue- Director of Ministry Development at Breakaway Ministries
Kelly Schmid-Associate Director of Field Experiences, Special Education Program, Texas A&M
Allison Childs- Attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP
Sara Moffitt- Small business owner and certified special education teacher
Steve Moffitt- Vice President and Partner, Schneider Engineering
PROGRAM DIRECTOR // THE BEE COMMUNITY