Community Work Services is guided by the belief that all people have value and that supporting individuals with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of community life results in a more diverse, compassionate and stronger community for everyone. With that as a foundation, the agency works in partnership with employers to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we support by helping them find and keep individually meaningful community jobs.
Work is both a right and a responsibility. Everyone, regardless of disability, should have the opportunity to experience the sense of belonging that comes from making a contribution to their community. Work should:
The people we support can best discover their personal potential when we:
The relationships among our staff, our funders, the people we support, their families and their employers should be built on a foundation of trust. Trusting relationships are best fostered when we:
People can feel secure in the knowledge that our dedication to these relationships is unwavering.
The services we provide should foster and encourage the inclusion and acceptance of the people we support as valued members of the community. Regardless of disability, everyone deserves access to all avenues to succeed. We are firm in our commitment to partner with employers, co-workers, families and others in the community to create a unique support network for each person that is:
Community Work Services, founded by Elizabeth (Betsy) Shiraga and Kim Kessler, has been providing community based employment services since 1984. The agency currently supports over 70 individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities at their places of employment. Community Work Services assists individuals with developmental disabilities to work in the community by providing them with individualized assessment, job development, on the job training, and job retention services. A goal when finding a job in the community for an individual is to make sure that it is a "good fit" for both the individual and employer.
The agency also provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in a variety of recreational activities in the community. Currently, Community Work Services is fortunate to be working with over 85 different businesses and organizations in the Madison area who employ individuals with developmental disabilities.
Mary Kay Mussey
Deirdre "Dede" Morgan