+103 votes
Special Kneads Bakery Empowering Kids With Disabilities
Description
My son Frankie Cortes and I are opening a bakery in our small town of Galva Illinois. Frankie as Cerebral palsy, Dandy Walker Variant and is legally blind in one eye. He is 16 and doing amazing . Without the amazing group of professional, teachers , aides, social workers and of course his older brothers who have taught him everything, he wouldn’t be able to do the things he can do now.
Our bakery is called Special Kneads Bakery and our mission is to provide both educational and vocational opportunities to local kids with disabilities. It is an amazing journey and we’d love to have you come visit one day! We have yet to open but hope to within the next month. Here is Frankie helping me clean the floor of the original bakery that have been in our town for 80 years. We have just painted it and it looks awesome!

Credits: Margaret Stack Cortés
9,226 views Aug 13

Please log in or register to Comment this Media.

Alice Swanson 360 points
I am from this town and i can not say enough amazing things about this family! To know them is to love them! I have a nephew whom is autistic and is sooo excited for the bakery to open and one day possibly work there. A true blessing to our community ❤️
+14 votes
Aug 13
toolsbaskets 320 points
Yay for the Frankie!! Go Galva!!
mstack35 800 points
You’ve always been a sweet gal and your kids are even sweeter. Love you!
Judy hartman 350 points
How do we vote?
+11 votes
Aug 13
toolsbaskets 320 points
Register on this site and then hit the green up button
Sally Nelson 340 points
How do vote?
+11 votes
Aug 13
toolsbaskets 320 points
Register and then hit the green up button
mstack35 800 points
Thanks everyone for your ongoing support!  We are getting there!! Hope to open Fall 2018!
+11 votes
Aug 13
toolsbaskets 320 points
Cant wait for you to open up!!
Justmeyappy43 340 points
Wonderful family and very deserving! This bakery would be a big asset for community.
+10 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
I aim to please! Can’t wait to serve you.
Robinsgirl 550 points
I am so excited for my sister Margaret and my nephew Frankie! I have been an eyewitness to the love and care that Margaret and her family have given to help Frankie live a normal life with his disabilities. I am so proud of them, but not surprised! They have always been an inspiration to our family! We love you and wish you all the success you deserve!
+10 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
I love you Sis!
tmkos 530 points
I would love to see Frankie and his family gain support to get their dream off the ground in my small hometown of Galva, IL.  Good Luck!
+9 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Thank you so much for your kindness.
Dren8202 330 points
Such a fantastic family!!! Frankie is such a sweet kid & has so much determination!!
+9 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Thank you. It takes a village!
Galvafan 580 points
Wonderful family with a great idea!
+9 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Thanks for your support
Emilie.Hernandez 350 points
I grew up in this town. Frankie is such a sweet kid and so is his whole family. Can’t wait to see the bakery open up!
+9 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Thank you very much for being kind to my son.
Galvafan 580 points
This family is doing this to help their son and others with “special kneads”. What an amazing venture in our wonderful small town!
+8 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
He is so capable of greatness. Maybe we can mentor some others too.
LeslieDeMayRogers 310 points
Frankie  went to school with our triplets.  The Cortes family are amazing people who are always doing things for people. Caring people would be an understatement.  I’m never not greeted with a smile and a hug. Galva is our hometown and what a blessing this bakery will be.  Frankie, no matter what win or lose we are so extremely proud of you and all the hard work you, your Mom and your whole family have put into this business. God Bless. ❤️ We love you all!!
+8 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Are Leslie.  Thank you so much! It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your family over the years.  How I love bumping into you and Chad around the community!
mstack35 800 points
https://www.gofundme.com/special-kneads-start-up

Please visit our GoFundMe pages for you are able to help us reach our goal.
+8 votes
Aug 14
Marcia B 350 points
As so many small towns around the nation are going by the wayside, it is a privilege to live in a community that decided they weren't giving up the fight. It takes a big time commitment, a lot of elbow grease and more than a little faith to take on an endeavor like this. This family deserves all the attention and support we can bring their way. Looking forward to the day they can officially open their door!
+7 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Amazing support from our small town. Thank you!
ILOVEGALVA!!! 290 points
Frankie is an incredible young man. He will do great things if given the opportunity. Thank you Margie and the rest of the family for all you do.
+7 votes
Aug 13
mstack35 800 points
Thank you so very much!!
Bobregon 430 points
So sweet! I love seeing this!! My cousin is very close to you guys. He reminds me of Scotty! ❤️❤️❤️
+7 votes
Aug 14
mstack35 800 points
It’s amazing the resemblance between Scottie and Frankie!
DianeEG 260 points
Wonderful family doing wonderful things.
+6 votes
Aug 14
BDEMAY 240 points
This family has worked so hard to make this business happen.  It will be such a wonderful asset to our community and for such a good cause!!
+5 votes
Aug 14
mstack35 800 points
Thank you Bonnie!
AlexKarenina 410 points
Awesome!!! Great initiative...we are all cheering for you guys! Can't wait to visit someday. Love from Puerto Rico ❤
+5 votes
Aug 14
mstack35 800 points
Thanks so much. I’d love to have you visit!
Rhonda Rusk 250 points
I am lucky enough to have known Frankie and his family since he was a giggly little kindergartner in my classroom.  He had (still has?) a little smile that would charm the socks off of anyone working with him (and sometimes managed to help him get out of doing his work for the moment!)  His mom, Margaret, has been working on the idea of having a business that he would eventually be able to be part of since he was small, and she seized the opportunity earlier this year when the local bakery closed.  So many people with special needs will benefit from this bakery becoming fully operational!   This is a very rural area, with extremely limited opportunities for job training for those with special needs.  Having this bakery come to full fruition will impact so many lives and provide so many opportunities for growth and learning. Frankie's family is one of the hardest working families I know and is so deserving of our support!
+5 votes
Aug 15
mstack35 800 points
Rhonda, it’s teachers like you that have gone above and beyond all these years! I’m only following your lead to provide some great learning experiences for these kids!  Love you!!
Walsh 230 points
What a great thing Margs is doing for Frankie and those with special knaeds. Go Frankie! Go Galva!
+4 votes
Aug 14
mstack35 800 points
Thanks for your support Love you!!
Shellman5 220 points
I’m praying for great things to come for you in this venture you are taking on. You are an amazing person with an awesome family!
+4 votes
Aug 15
mstack35 800 points
Thank you so very much!!
Punkinx3 320 points
Rooting for you and frankie, margaret!!!
+1 vote
Aug 15
mstack35 800 points
Thank you for your support!
Swatkins 170 points
I personally cannot wait for this to open!!!! Having an autistic son and working with special needs people for seven years I know how detremental it is for these skills to be learned and used! The yummy baked goods that'll come outta the bakery is just s bonus!!!
+1 vote
Sep 12
RInce1000 160 points
I live in galva, and can’t wait for this to open! The heart of this family is amazing! As a mother of a special needs son, I can’t explain the degree of awesomeness this is!!  Way to go special kneeds bakery!!!
0 votes
Aug 16
mstack35 800 points
Thanks for everything and I can’t wait to meet your son.
Jason and Tricia 160 points
The Cortes' are some of the best people we know.  They are friendly, hard working and generous .  Frankie always brightens our day with his smile and his laughter.  We can't wait until the bakery is open.  The "test" cookies were D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
0 votes
Aug 16
mstack35 800 points
And we also appreciate your kindness, as you have the nicest family! Thank you for all your support during this project!
0 votes
Aug 24
jturnbull2985 180 points
This is an amazing thing for the community! So happy to know this family and support them entirely!! This bakery will be a huge asset to everyone involved. Good luck to you!!
0 votes
Sep 12