What We Do
We are on a relentless pursuit to create jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities using the power of smiles and amazing ice cream. We use the highest quality ingredients and our own recipes to make small-batch homemade ice cream and milk shakes that are absolutely delicious! We sell these frozen treats at our Asheville store (coming soon to 64 Long Shoals Road) and throughout our community using our cargo trailer and mobile ice cream freezers.
Why We Do It
To Provide for Our Daughter
The legal name for our Howdy Homemade Ice Cream franchise is Annie’s Plan, LLC, named after our youngest daughter, who has autism. For years, we fretted about two big words regarding Annie’s life after high school—NOW WHAT? Thanks to Howdy Homemade the fretting is over! Annie has a fulfilling career path in front of her. Howdy is Annie’s Plan!
To Serve Our Community
All members of our community want to be respected, hopeful, and happy. To that end, we started Howdy Homemade to provide adults with intellectual and developmental challenges an employment opportunity that enables them to demonstrate their immense untapped abilities. For other parents confronting the words NOW WHAT, we want to make Annie’s plan your plan too!
To Lead by Example
To help reduce our country’s 82% special needs unemployment rate, we founded Howdy Homemade as a for-profit enterprise based on the belief that we’ll compete and win with our employees—in turn motivating other companies to follow our lead. At Howdy Homemade, we are intent on “inspiring all of us to realize the potential in each of us.”