"The story of Missouri’s sheltered workshops began in the 1960s. Families seeking options for their children with disabilities, often desperately, parents and guardians began forming workshops to provide employment opportunities for their children with disabilities.
For most of these parents and their children, the alternatives were sitting at home or in programs that required 100 percent governmental subsidies. With real vision, these parents realized that gainful employment would bring other advantages as well, including pride and skills. Although much has changed, that foundation remains true for workshops today.
Missouri sheltered workshops remain different from shops in many other states. They depend heavily on contracted work and the revenue from that work to maintain operations. They are actually small businesses that hire individuals with disabilities. On average, a workshop’s contract revenue accounts for 70-80 percent of workshop revenue, government assistance 10-24 percent and the rest from additional grants and public support."
- The Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers
The PURPOSE of 2 Rivers Industries, Inc. is to provide disabled individuals employment opportunities that will increase task development, self-esteem and soft-skills.
Our MISSION to continuously improve our organization by emphasizing the abilities of persons with disabilities through stable, meaningful and dignified employment opportunities, while providing training and supervision designed to increase skill levels and self-esteem for each employee.
Our VISION is that disabled individuals will be empowered to work successfully in competitive employment within our community in a confident and secure manner.