AtWork! honors City Council

April 2, 2009

By Staff

NEW — Noon April 2, 2009

An organization that helps disabled people learn skills and find jobs has honored the City Council as its Supporter of the Year. AtWork! recognized the council at a fundraising breakfast today.

The organization runs its operations center in the city. AtWork! helps disabled people learn skills, find and retain jobs, and earn wages and benefits.

“Thanks to its hardworking staff and innovative services, AtWork! has enriched the lives of countless people here in Issaquah,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a news release. “Since the beginning, local leaders have recognized how important the mission of AtWork! is to our community.”

When Community Enterprises of Issaquah was founded in 1977, its first board president was retiring Mayor Herb Herrington. With the blessing of the Issaquah City Council, CEI later merged with Custom Industries of Bellevue to become AtWork!

To pay for the organization’s building on Juniper Street, the council received funding from Referendum 37 in 1979. The state referendum raised money for a network of facilities to benefit disabled people.

Since the council first secured state funding, council members have approved funding for each of the organization’s Issaquah expansions. Those expansions include a larger workshop, a new warehouse, an additional house and the site for the Recycle Center.

“The Issaquah City Council truly recognizes that all of its citizens deserve the opportunity to find their place – not only at work, but within their larger community,” AtWork! Chief Executive Officer Chris Brandt said in a news release. “We are so thankful for the council’s continued support.”

Council members approved funds to support the organization’s recycling program this year.

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