The Training Shop and Its Mission
Though our employees have to deal with setbacks on a regular basis, they are proud of their work and never complain. They show their determination and dedication with the intricate handiwork they perform ... and with their smiles. They love life more than anything you could ever imagine."
From Daycare Center to Craftsmanship
A group of concerned Augusta residents started the Augusta Area Cerebral Palsy Society in 1947. The members of this group had a deep concern for the welfare of area children with CP. In its infancy, the program was more of a daycare center for children. In the late '60s the society split into two entities -- ATSH and CPS. Before these changes were made the programs were geared mostly toward daycare services for disabled residents of all ages. The program placed no emphasis on productivity.
Today, our employees are among the very best at what they do and their quality craftsmanship proves it. Our workforce consists of people with various disabilities including Autism, cerebral palsy, MR, deafness and blindness. Employees range in age from 18 to 79 and live in either Richmond or Columbia County with family members, or in state monitored programs. Most of the employees receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). All employees receive a monthly paycheck for the work they perform at the shop.
The Last Word
As a non-profit organization, we face many challenges, as do our employees. But despite their challenges, the people who work here every day have such a magnificent outlook on life it makes it easier for our agency to face its challenges.