|Jun 01, 2011 --
Outline Of Need:
The Handi-Shop, Inc., sheltered workshop is located in Mexico, Missouri, and has been providing recycling services for a number of years. The workshop was in need of a new baler in order to upgrade their services to keep up with the growing need for recycling. The new recycling baler cost was $57,152.
How Rural Development Helped:
USDA Rural Development provided assistance in the form of a Community Facilities (CF) grant in the amount of $19,600 which was funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Program.
The success of this project involved the formation of multiple partnerships including USDA, Rural Development in Missouri, the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation that donated $25,000 towards the project, the Elmer A. Sander Charitable Trust that provided $5,000 for the recycling baler, Nina B. and W. Basil Leach Charitable Foundation contributed $4,500 and the Handi-Shop, Inc. workshop contributed $3,052.
Handi-Shop, Inc is a community-based organization dedicated to providing meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities in a safe, supportive, and productive environment, which allows each person to achieve his/her highest potential and become as self sufficient as possible. This new baler will improve work efficiency and provide valuable services to the community.
Recycling grows more every year, as does our need to employ people with disabilities and new equipment aids in this process; and by creating jobs with safer equipment to operate, said Rodney Shivers, the Handi-Shop Manager.
“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of providing a new, safe, and efficient recycling baler for the sheltered workshop,” said Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning.