From our founding in 1971 until now Lewis County Work Opportunities sole purpose has been to help the physically and mentally Disabled Adults of Lewis County Washington overcome the barriers they face to secure training for work in private industry. This has been done by helping them develop the skills they need to effectively work and live in our community.
Lewis County Work Opportunities (LCWO) believes in the old proverb which says. 'Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will never go hungry.'
The disabled adults who become employable after training will be helped in finding competitive employment. Those who are unable to meet the standards of private employers may be employed permanently by Lewis County Work Opportunities.
LCWO is continuing to grow and are working steadily to expand the opportunities we can provide to those we serve.
LCWO now serves over eighty disabled adults and employee a growing staff of caring people who work with, train and help them develop self respect, confidence and a desire to improve their lives and make a place for themselves in their community, - our community.
Originally started as a Sheltered Workshop, Lewis County Work Opportunities developed the capacity to produce a variety of wood products that would serve the needs of individuals and businesses in our community.
LCWO has also developed working relationships with various businesses which enable the disabled adults we serve to work in a supervised Group Supported setting that helps them develop their skills and abilities as they move toward competitive employment. We are also constantly building relationships that help us help the Adults with Disabilities who work independently in our community.
With the help and support of the community, and local businesses a increasing number of Adults with Disabilities now work in the community in competitive positions, and activity participate in the community.