Winn Association of Retarded Citizens/Sheltered Workshop
(Providing Employment for the Disabled)
Winnfield, Louisiana

In Need of Financial Assistance

To All Interested Persons

I am a board member of the Winn ARC(Association of Retarded Citizens)/Sheltered Workshop,which provides employment for the disabled and special needs for adults, in Winnfield, Louisiana. I Have taken it upon myself to acquire financial assistance by making people aware of Sheltered Workshops for the disabled and special needs for adults with mental and developmental disabilities.

I have a son who is disabled and goes to a county sheltered workshop daily. He doesn't have to sit at home everyday, and feels he is working and contributing to the community by doing jobs at the shelter. If it weren't for the workshop, he would have no interaction with the community except for church. I feel there is a need in our communities for workers in these services and more awareness of the need for them.

Many Sheltered Workshops for the developmental disabled, and who provide employment for these people, are under severe pressures at this time, with changes being made by government agencies. This has meant that the Workshops are looking at new ways of running their businesses. They, therefore, need to organize activities and fundraisers, acquire bank loans, and donations and other contributions.

The Workshop is a private, nonprofit corporation, which is governed by a voluntary board of directors and administered by a President. It provides services for people with disabilities with the objective of enhancing their quality of life. Funding comes from state and federal sources, work contract income and contributions, which are tax deductible by tax code 503.

The Winn ARC subcontracts work, which can be done in the workshop facility or business location and pays the workers wages based on their productivity by standards approved by the Department of Labor. The workers now have a contract with one of the nurseries to make sleeves for their plants. The workshop also cleans businesses, does yard work, takes in ironing, makes stakes and other woodworking projects, such as birdhouses, picnic tables, etc.

At this time, the workshop does not have enough income to meet their expenses and pay the staff and workers. That is why I am asking for your help in any way you can. Their clientele is at a low minimum and cannot be increased until they are able to get out of the situation they are in with the finances. The state has cut them because of this.

This is a legitimate request and if you would like a copy of the expenses of the Workshop, I will be glad to send you the information. Any contributions can be made to the Winn Sheltered Workshop. The mailing address is P. O. Box 566, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483 or Contact the director at 318-628-7654.

Any businesses that would like to help in any way, whether it is by donations or if the workshop can be of any service to you, please let us know, or if you know of anyone else that might be interested in helping us. If your organization has matching funds to contribute, that would be appreciated, also.

You can also contact me concerning this at or if you would like to send a donation through paypal, please let me know. I assure you the money will go to the Winn ARC.

Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you will share this site with others. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.

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This page was last updated on: March 28, 2007