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Our Story

Since 1970, NW Works has empowered adults with disabilities and individuals with barriers to employment to build skills and secure and sustain meaningful employment. Our organization began as a sheltered workshop with five clients and one employee, fulfilling small jobs for companies like Rubbermaid. But times have changed and so have we.

Today, NW Works has pivoted to focus on community-based work with an emphasis on integration with the general public, as laid-out in the Employment First movement. We have also expanded services to individuals who face non-disability barriers to employment. But our mission to empower adults with disabilities and individuals with barriers to employment to build skills and secure and sustain meaningful employment has remained the same.

We envision a society in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, where all people are afforded equal opportunities to meet their goals. We will strive to obtain this through informing, educating, and being a resource for those we serve and partner.

Want to know more? Check out more stories from clients, staff, and others about the impact we make in the community.


We laugh together. We try to cheer each other up, calm down when you’re mad, calm down when you’re sad. Be brave, be yourself. You don’t have to be anybody but yourself here.

Sarah L, former NW Works client

Our Accreditations & Affiliations

NW Works is Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) licensed facility. We hold a 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). NW Works is also a proud member of the Virginia Values Veterans program.

Image of a gold seal with blue text and blue stars. Text on the seal reads: "Aspire to excellence. CARF accredited."
Image of Charity Navigator accreditation. Text reads: "Charity Navigator. 100 out of 100. Give with Confidence. Version 2."
Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce Logo. An image of a red and white logo, with an illustration of a pavillion and text reading: Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce. Connecting Business with Community
Image of a blue seal with an outline of the state of Virginia and an American flag graphic. Text on the reads: "Virginia Values Veterans. Official V3 Certified Company."
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