Since 1977, the Preston County Workshop has been the only non-profit in Preston County that employs people with disabilities who often struggle to find jobs.
“They love working here, a lot of them don’t want to leave. Last year we were able to get three of them jobs up at Wal-Mart and two of them worked in our greenhouse and now they have been able to work at Wal-Mart in their greenhouse, so it’s been a very good process for us, using this greenhouse for that,” said John Hyre, of Preston County Workshop.
43 individuals work at Preston Workshop and 37 have documented disabilities. The Greenhouse was started four years ago so clients could learn how to grow and garden themselves.
“We transplanted some plants that were already up a little bit. We transplanted them out of one flat into the other one. I enjoy my job,” said Rose Moats, employee at Preston County Workshop.
There are three greenhouses full of plants, with 250 hanging baskets, 500 flats of flowers, 500 flats of vegetable plants and specialty plants.
They transplant them into the pots that are in here now and whenever they are growing, they come in, they water them , they help throughout the whole growing season, then they also help deliver the plants to the customers cars when they come in,” said Hyre.
The Preston Workshop will be having an Open House on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to start off the season.
“It’s the only non-profit in Preston County that totally hires individuals with disabilities,” said Hyre.