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This spring, WorkQuest faced the challenge of evolving its business operations as required by the arrival of COVID-19. While navigating this unique challenge, WorkQuest maintains its intent to safeguard the daily functions of the WorksWonders Program in an effort to make sure that all operational and financial workflow processes continue without interruption. With the support of our community rehabilitation program (CRP) and WorksWonders Program customers, WorkQuest has been able to provide product and service contracts during this uncertain time, and will continue to do so in order to ensure employment opportunities are available for individuals with disabilities around the state of Texas while maintaining essential services to our customers.
On Tuesday, May 12, the Austin Lighthouse for the Blind shipped its 3 millionth bottle of Purell since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This significant accomplishment was acknowledged with a surprise celebration for employees at the Austin Lighthouse’s warehouse (maintaining strict social distancing and safety measures, of course). WorkQuest celebrated with the Austin Lighthouse as it was recognized for its good work by the National Industries for the Blind and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Last fall, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas, a community rehabilitation program (CRP) within the State Use WorksWonders Program, was named “Small Employer of the Year” by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Read More
Martin Becerra has been a valued staff member at ATI for the past three years. He works on a confidential document security contract where his responsibilities include stacking and cleaning the carts of documents brought in daily for destruction, loading empty carts back onto the truck and operating a paper shredder. Now, Becerra is taking on a new challenge as he trains to become a forklift driver.
Community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) are responsible for adhering to a specific set of guidelines and requirements in order to be considered eligible for participation within the State Use WorksWonders Program. To aid CRPs in maintaining compliance with these requirements, WorkQuest hosts annual compliance and training seminars.
This Spring, WorkQuest sponsored the annual athletic banquet for the Pflugerville Special Olympics.
The banquet, which hosts coaches and athletes who participated in sporting events during the year, functions as a way for Special Olympics to recognize those individuals who represent the organization throughout the state. Read More
WorkQuest was proud to be a sponsor for the 70th anniversary celebration of the Arc of the Capital Area (the Arc) this past November.
The Arc is a nonprofit organization that empowers Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through innovative programs and case management. Read More
2019 was another strong year for the State Use WorksWonders Program, especially considering the increase in wages and benefits paid to individuals with disabilities who are employed through the Program.During the reporting period reflected in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 2019 Annual Report, wages and benefits increased over $4 million from the previous fiscal year. Read More
This March, WorkQuest had the privilege of participating in and contributing to United Partners – Pflugerville (UP-Pf) annual fundraising banquet.
UP-Pf is an Austin-area organization that enables people of all abilities to pursue their goals and to reach their full potential by providing meaningful opportunities and services to individuals with disabilities within the local community. Read More