EveryBody by Dutton Farms opens in Pontiac, McLaren Oakland hospital charges $1 rent

A philanthropic partnership between McLaren Oakland, the 328-bed downtown Pontiac hospital, and Rochester-based non-profit organization Dutton Farm will result in a new, social enterprise storefront, EveryBody by Dutton Farm. The store progresses the mission of the organization by “removing barriers to employment and community access for adults with developmental disabilities by creating work opportunities in an inclusive environment and at competitive and fair wages.”

We see our job as a
responsibility to our
community – to be
good stewards to its
overall well-being in
every regard.

McLaren Oakland is renting the space to the organization for $1 per year for three years.

Providing job opportunities for adults with disabilities, EveryBody by Dutton Farm will occupy a space within the McLaren Oakland administrative building to sell its brand of natural and high-end bath and body products both in the store and online. The new store is located at 64 North Saginaw Street, just south of East Huron Street, in Pontiac.

“When first approached by Dutton Farm, and I learned more about the organization and its mission and the incredible work they’re doing, the decision to help was an easy one,” said Margaret Dimond, PhD., president and CEO of McLaren Oakland. “We see our job as a responsibility to our community – to be good stewards to its overall well-being in every regard. This organization and a project to bring new business to downtown Pontiac are programs we’re proud to be associated with.”

Founded at the beginning of 2020, EveryBody by Dutton Farm originated in a space at the Rochester location and online, fulfilling up to 10,000 orders per month across the country. The Pontiac store is approximately 1,500 square-feet, with Dutton Farm renovating the space.

“The opportunity that McLaren Oakland has given us is absolutely transformative for our social enterprise,” said Jenny Brown, CEO of Dutton Farm. “Their generosity has helped us expand and further our mission dramatically already through capacity building with our manufacturing and allowing us to create more jobs and fill a higher volume of orders. We are so grateful to have partners who generously give us opportunity to remove barriers to employment for adults with disabilities who are looking for work.”

EveryBody by Dutton Farm officially opened October 16 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, but orders can still be made through its website everybodyinc.com. To learn more about Dutton Farm, visit duttonfarm.org.