The Development Workshop has been helping people in the
Upper Valley since the 1970s. They are a nonprofit, private corporation who
provides training, employment, and placement services for people with
disabilities. Of course they can’t do this alone. They rely on the support of
On any given day, more than 100 people will arrive for work
at one of the Development Workshop’s three facilities with most striving for
In 2009, the Development Workshop formed the Business
Advisory Council. This diverse group of business leaders helps spread the word
that the Development Workshop is more than you ever imagined.
“Some of the clients that we support through the Business
Advisory Council and Development Workshop, they come from individuals that have
extreme disabilities, to individuals that you really can’t notice their disability,”
said Ben Cornett, Business Advisory Council President.
These hard workers also represent a wide range of education
and experience. But one thing is for sure, the businesses that hire these
individuals through the Development Workshop almost always benefit as much as
the person they hire.
“There’s a number of reasons from a financial perspective,
from you as an organization,” said Cornett. “There’s some initiatives with employing
an individual with a disability that improves the morale of your employees.”
On February 13th, the Business Advisory Council
will be hosting an event for business leaders to learn more about the benefits
of working with the Development Workshop. The Mayor of Idaho Falls and the
Mayor of Ammon are scheduled to be there to share their support and to show how
important this is for the community.
“We could go on and on all day, but the pitch is for you to
have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Cornett.
The event will take place at 11:30 AM on February 13th.
Historically, 95 percent of the Development Workshop’s revenue has come from
earned income and so they need the support of area business in order to
You can sign up by contacting Natalie Rauschenback
Development Workshop, Inc.
Community Employment Services
208.524.1550 Ext. 134 Office