In 1973, Work Activity Centers of Hamilton County, Inc. was formed as the non-profit corporation to serve as employer of individuals in production centers operated by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. It also handled all business operations including sales, customer billing and employee payroll. This business arm is now called General Assembly Inc.
Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (currently Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services), facing a rapidly growing workforce, determined that it needed new facilities to meet its needs. Efficient workplaces were established to provide a broader range of services to an increasingly diverse customer base.
As the years went by, production centers were opened throughout the county. Now there are three centers, with about 450 employees, where production takes place.
Celebrating 40 years in 2013, employees and their families are still happy with gaining work skills and a paycheck. Here’s what some parents had to say:
“As parents of a young adult attending Franks Adult Center there is nothing more important than having the peace of mind & confidence of knowing that throughout our son’s day he is involved with so many people who will help him with his needs, encourage him with the jobs on which he is working and truly care about him. I have seen first hand how much time everyone involved with General Assembly takes to make sure that each individual is challenged and respected no matter what their abilities. They truly make a difference in so many lives.”
-Tom and Janine Schneider