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A New Vision for Employment

The exciting new additions at our Workforce Training Center in Waukesha are part of our vision to continue to expand opportunities for community based jobs for individuals with disabilities.

The expansion includes a new, adaptive commercial training and catering kitchen that serves as a classroom for people with disabilities who are seeking employment in the food and hospitality industry.

It offers opportunity for expanded, healthy lunch choices to over 250 Workforce center participants and expanded menu choices for service groups and others who use our conference center.

We have added two “clean rooms” for specialized food product processing and handling, including the production of Easter Seals' new LilyBrew private label coffee. The rooms can be leased to other individuals needing a licensed kitchen to produce or package their own products. 

The addition of a video equipped chef demonstration area has multiple uses. It will be used as a teaching area for meal preparation for daily living skills classes. It can also be used for community events by companies, organizations or restaurants who want to bring in guest chefs for cooking demonstrations.

 Our newly remodeled banquet rooms can accomodate smaller groups as well as larger groups of up to 125 people.

An adaptive technology lab is also part of the expansion. Current technology is essential for training and expanding the skills of our participants for many aspects of community employment including resume writing, using email, learning computerized payroll systems, conducting online job searches and learning to map transportation to interviews. Adaptive features include height adjustable computer stations and adaptive software for visual and hearing impairments.  

Join us today to make a difference for the future

To support this expansion, our Capital Campaign is still underway. In addition to dollars raised for the construction, a Centennial Fund has been set up at the Waukesha Community Foundation. This fund will help us expand our workforce programs as needs arise in our community, and train more adults with work barriers in order to help them achieve their employment aspirations.

We have an exciting and challenging vision for our workforce programs. Your financial support will continue to move us forward to achieve that vision while serving the increasing needs of all of our current participants, returning veterans and many more in our community.

Capital Campaign Naming Opportunities

 Workforce Training Center Building  $500,000
 Computer Lab  $200,000
 Large Banquet/Meeting Room  $150,000
 Small Banquet/Meeting Room  $75,000
 Career Connect Vocational Classroom  $75,000
 Lobby  $75,000
 Vapor Tech Room  $50,000
 Health Room  $50,000
 Catering Cold Prep Room  $25,000
 Commercial Kitchen Clean Prep Room (2 available)  $25,000
 Computer Lab Cubicles (14 available)  $10,000
 30 qt. Floor Standing Mixer  $6,500
 6 Burner Range  $6,000
 Gas Char Broiler  $3,000
 Family Legacy Conference Room (unlimited available)  $3,000
 Food Processor  $1,300
 Deep Fryer  $1,000
 Three- Compartment Sink  $1,000
 Work/Prep Tables  $600
 Heat Lamps (4 available)  $550
 Shelving Units  $400

These are just a few of more than 90 items at a wide range of sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Sue Russell at (414) 963-5903 or susanr@eastersealswise.com or you can donate online today!

*Pledges to the capital campaign may be made over the course of a three-year timeframe.

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