Message from the CEO
Employment Solutions can be a difficult organization to describe. A non-exhaustive list of our various functions include an accredited career college, specialized job placement services, corrugated packaging manufacturing, fresh food processing, two hair salons, day care center, catering, a temporary staffing agency and therapeutic horticulture and art.
At first glance it is a collection of operations with little in common. Yet all of these seemingly disparate functions share the common purpose of directly enabling Employment Solutions to achieve its stated mission of assisting people with employment barriers to become self-sufficient.
More than 30 years ago when our organization was initially incorporated our mission was much narrower and focused almost exclusively on providing people diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities with employment in facility-based (sheltered workshop) settings. With time our Board of Directors sought to extend our mission to other need groups who also required assistance with employment and independent living skills.
Employment Solutions thus began its steady evolution into the diverse and extensive organization it is today. In fiscal 2012-2013 placing 147 people with barriers to employment into jobs, provided employment and other supportive services to more than 207 people diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and served more than 99,000 meals to needy children.
The progress and change of the past three decades would not have been remotely possible without the dedication of our staff to which I greatly appreciate both their efforts and expertise.