Founded in 1979
Mission: Wake Enterprises serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism and traumatic brain injuries, and helps them achieve their maximum level of independence.
People with disabilities between ages 18-64 are less likely to be employed, creating subsequent gaps in income, health care and transportation, according to the 2000 N.O.D./Harris Survey of Americans with Disabilities.
In the United States, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is approximately 70%.
The goal of Wake Enterprises is to combat these statistics.
Not only are we committed to serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but we also serve local businesses and the community. Wake Enterprises is about more than work. We are about all members of the community having a place.
Programs: Wake Enterprises enables adults with disabilities through vocational training, job placement and community inclusion activities to contribute their work, attitudes, opinions and insights for the benefit of the community. These services help participants become more self-sufficient by addressing barriers, which have historically kept them from employment.
Using a tiered approach, Wake Enterprises provides job training and employment first through internal contract work, then through community employment. We provide support and training; our participants provide the hard work and dependability.
How has the organization been affected by the pandemic? We have had to lay off approximately 60% of our staff and have experienced a 40% decrease in funding since March. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, many of our participants are under the Safer-at-Home order and are not able to attend programs in person. We have shifted much of our programming to remote learning through Wake E Live!
We host live, 45-minute online classes each day, during which participants interact with our trainers and their peers. Classes include nutrition, safety, health, art, self-advocacy and exercise.
Ways to Help: Financial donations are vital to allow us to continue assisting a population that cannot afford for us to discontinue services. No donation is too small.
Financial donations are accepted online at www.wake-enterprises.org. Donations of cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment or arts and crafts supplies are also appreciated.
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