By: Emily Johnson
July 29, 2014
Thomasville, GA - The wood shop at the Thomas Grady Service Center for the past forty years has been a bustling business.
Workers with developmental disabilities cut, glue and assemble corner blocks that are used to ship windows.
"Well it provides work primarily, but it also provides a product that was needed by a local company," said Tony Gelabert, Thomas Grady Service Center Director.
Now that company has stopped making this type of window and so the corner blocks are no longer needed. The stopped production has brought the wood shop to a halt.
The Thomas Grady Service Center is asking for another company to come in to help the wood shop stay open.
"We would like to find either another customer who has a need for these particular blocks or a customer who needs something like it that we could re-engineer the Wood Shop for," said Gelabert.
During the shops hay-day at any given time there could have been six people working. One of them is Eric Harvey who's worked in the shop for years. He told us working in the shop is his favorite thing to do and he doesn't want to stop.
"When a company contracts with a company like ours to provide work for people with disabilities it enhances the work opportunities. They're getting the products they need, but their getting it from somebody who really benefits from making it," said Gelabert.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping to keep the Thomas Grady Service Center's Wood Shop doors open you can contact them at 229-22-4065.