Fundraiser to benefit Joplin Workshops employees

By Rebecca Haines

Fundraiser to benefit Joplin Workshops employees

 

By Rebecca Haines

On March 24, a fire at Joplin Workshops, Inc., forced the shutdown of laundry operations at the facility at 501 S. School Ave.

Susan Adams, executive director for the non-profit sheltered workshop for individuals with disabilities, said the 18,000-square-foot building will have to be demolished. Before the fire, 54 people were employed to operate the laundry service.

The remaining 60 employees provide services including recycling and many other projects in assembly, packaging, manufacturing and logistics for area industries. They are ready and available for work, Adams said.

“We are working with local experts to determine the business we will pursue to re-employ our people,” Adams said. “These are people who want to work and many have been here a long, long time.”

A fundraiser for the employees called “Nan’s Band-Aid,” will be held June 24 at the Schifferdecker Park Bandstand, Joplin. Annie Clarkson’s sister, Nancy, was a long-time employee of Joplin Workshops and recently passed away. In her memory and out of support for the people who were laid-off due to the fire, Nan’s Band-Aid will feature live entertainment and food trucks. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and dogs are welcome to attend on a leash. The highlighting performances will be Paul Finley, guitarist; Catalyst; Joplin Little Theatre and The Geriatrics. For more information on the event, please call 417-291-4134 or email annieclarkson@cableone.net.

“We are looking for a silver lining,” Adams said. “So many people have been asking if there’s anything they can do. The best thing people can do is support the employees who have been laid off with donations or job suggestions in the community.”

To coordinate employment for the people at Joplin Workshops, please contact Adams at 417-781-2862 or email susan.adams@jworkshops.com. 

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