March 2021 – CEO Update

It’s hard to believe it has been nearly a year since we entered this pandemic and had to halt in-person services at NW Works. Despite the hardships of the past year, our team is committed to providing quality services to all our clients. That is why we are thrilled to share with you the efforts underway to not only return clients to in-house service, but also to expand outward and meet clients where they are now.

Image of Debera Taylor. A Caucasian brunette woman smiles at the camera. She wears a blue blouse with a check pattern blazer.
NW Works CEO and President, Debera Taylor

We are steadily returning clients to service, both for our in-house day support program and in our group supported employment programs throughout the community. Behind the scenes, our new air purification system is ensuring that folks stay safe while on-site. In addition, our partnership with the local health department has allowed members of our staff and some clients to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at no cost.

For those who currently are unable or unwilling to be at our facility, our fantastic Missions team has launched a virtual day program. This new program, while limited, demonstrates the ways in which virtual learning can increase accessibility for much needed services. This program is one that could pave the way for a new model of service that outlasts the pandemic and we are proud to offer it at NW Works.

Over this past year, our team has been pushed to their limits, physically and emotionally. They have responded with resiliency, grace, and innovation. Once again, I am grateful to lead this talented team as we build tomorrow’s world.

— Debera Taylor, President and CEO of NW Works

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