Theresa Garcia was inspired to establish Rubi’s Positive Empowerment in 2019. Today, it is one of the most effective agencies in Colorado at helping individuals with disabilities find their passion and enhance their skills. Rubi’s job coaching and development programs set people up for success in the future, both personally and professionally.
Before Rubi’s Positive Empowerment, Theresa Garcia had recently moved to Colorado with no exact next steps. She joined a networking group intending to find some inspiration – or meet some. After all, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
Inspiration is exactly what she found!
Theresa learned at a networking event that some schools were forcing students with disabilities to work in a transition program where the schools received all the payment, not the students doing the work. This did not sit well with her. Theresa felt compelled to make a difference for individuals with disabilities.
Soon after, she applied for a mentorship with a program-approved service agency working with individuals with disabilities. When she was asked during the interview what her ultimate goal was, she was completely honest, knowing she may not get hired.
She told them she intended to build a group home that would be run like a holistic community wellness center with a huge farm. It would be the first whole food, plant-based group home in the United States. By exposing the kids to as many professions as possible, and dovetailing their development into the things they most enjoyed, she would set them up for future entrepreneurship. If they wished, she would show them how to start a business doing what they loved, helping with everything from the business plan, to grant writing, all the way to acquiring funding.