Letters to the editor

Lakestate Industries continues great work

To the Journal editor:

As a leader in the field of training and development for persons with disabilities, Lakestate Industries isn’t just teaching job skills but transforming lives.

Lakestate Industries in Marquette has now been operating for over 4 years and 48 years in Escanaba, thanks to the enormous amount of ongoing support from community members and local businesses.

Together as a community we are improving the workforce by removing employment barriers and fostering the unique skills and abilities of all workers, including those with disabilities.

Through a variety of programs, Lakestate is providing adults and students with intellectual disabilities opportunities to recognize and maximize their employable skills and abilities. With clients in the driver’s seat, LSI works diligently to provide training as well as real world experience in areas of their interest.

“I have tried training at another business and it did not work out that well. I think having Lakestate is a dream come true!” said a former client, now independently employed in the community.

Lakestate Industries was founded with the vision that all persons will have the opportunity to be employed and work to their fullest potential. To date, Lakestate Industries in Marquette as served over 150 clients.

There are lots ways the community can help. Consider donating to LSI this holiday season. Look for our yellow donation envelopes in your Mining Journal! We are also in need of old wax for our fire starters.

If you are a business consider working with our employment specialist to find an employee for job vacancies or hire Lakestate Industries to do janitorial, lawn care, or other subcontract work.

Businesses can also support LSI by becoming a sponsor of our new renovation and program expansion, Rustic Room and Roasts, a new coffee shop and expansion of our retail space. Rustic Room and Roasts will be Harvey’s only destination coffee shop, set to feature local brews, espresso drinks, free Wi-Fi, outdoor seating, and more.

This holiday season and all year long, 100% of your donation to Lakestate Industries is tax-deductible and is invested in the future, self-worth, and priceless skill development of a valuable yet often vulnerable population.

Think about us during your holiday giving and remember, we proudly give tours!

Call for more information at 906-273-2131 or visit us online at www.lakestateindustries.org.