EPCF, Down Syndrome Coalition get into the ice cream business

The El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) and its supporting organization, the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso, announced at Saturday’s The Whole Hog fundraiser a tasty new business venture designed to employ people with special needs.

EPCF and DSC are teaming with Dallas-based Howdy Homemade Ice Cream to bring a franchise to El Paso.

“This is one part of the El Paso Community Foundation’s and the Down Syndrome Coalition’s commitment to provide employment to people with special needs,” said Eric Pearson, El Paso Community Foundation President and CEO.

Howdy Homemade, which has 13 stores, is known nationally for its emphasis on employing people with special needs.

Officials added that the program  “is part of a larger EPCF attempt to provide life and work opportunities for the special needs community.”

Recently, EPCF teamed with the national Project SEARCH, the Hospitals of Providence and the Socorro Independent School District to provide internships for those with developmental disabilities.

The Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso was founded in 2015 to create a brighter path for the future of children with Down Syndrome and learning disabilities.

DSC established Every Little Blessing, a preschool for children ages 18 months to 5 years with Down syndrome. DSCEP’s annual The Whole Hog barbecue is its largest fundraiser.