"It's an honor to be a part of this organization. I'd visited on an errand from Dana a few months ago. We hit it off, and before I knew it, I was touring the facility with their executive director," Luke says.
Workshops, Inc. is a nonprofit training and educational organization for people with physical and mental disabilities. For more than 30 years, it has provided vocational training and employment, giving these students the instruction and life skills they need to be self-sufficient in the job market.
Workshops is primarily self-supporting, with additional funding from the United Way of Central Alabama and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.
This fits well with their mission to pass on the gift of true autonomy, since Workshops graduates go on to enter the workforce on their own. Participants aren't merely educated in the classroom; they learn job skills by performing assembly, packaging, binding, and other services for businesses across Alabama. You can check out their website at www.workshopsinc.com.
"It's a fantastic organization, and they've got some of the most giving people you'll ever meet. I'd driven past their building hundreds of times on the way to work," Luke says, "but never knew there was such great work going on right under my nose."
Luke adds, "I should probably shave in the car less often."