Day after day, Bruce would receive calls from parents of young people who have developmental disabilities asking if their child could also work for Nick's. The problem is that Nick's is a small shaved ice trailer that only opens 6 months a year. The calls mounted up and finally, Bruce made a decision that would change things in a big way.
Bruce realized that the only way Nick's would ever grow and thrive and be able to hire more young people who couldn't find jobs was to become a nonprofit organization. That way, Nick's could receive grants and donations and maybe end up in a brick and mortar, or something else, and become a year round business That would help Nick's grow and thrive.
In 2020, Nick's became a nonprofit and even rented a building at a local farmers market. That gave Nick's two places to work from. A regional foundation was talking to Nick's about a possible grant to get them into a brick and mortar but then the pandemic hit and everything came to a screeching halt.
Being a new nonprofit and having to pay rent when they were closed almost broke the organization. It looked like Nick's was going to have to shut down but then Bruce decided to take a big leap of faith.
He decided the only way to save Nick's was to do a fundraiser so he rode his bicycle across the state of Texas from Texhoma to South Padre Island, a 962 mile trip, and it raised enough money to save Nick's for another year.
Now Nick's is gearing up for season 4 and has enough money to get through 2021. The need for money to continue into 2022 is needed. Our biggest expense is the storage building where the trailer is kept. We pay over $3000 yearly at A Plus Super Storage and that has kept us from making enough money to ever become self sustaining.