THUMB INDUSTRIES INC

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 1263 Sand Beach Rd Bad Axe MI 48413 USA

Mission: Thumb Industries, Inc. is dedicated to the development and provision of quality services for individuals with vocational disabilities.  We believe that personal success and positive employment outcomes can be obtained when persons have informed choices and support in reaching their highest capabilities.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have worked closely with Thumb Industries since I came to Huron County in 1988 to teach students with cognitive impairments and throughout my career as Transition Specialist for the Huron Intermediate School District. The staff of Thumb Industries provided me with information that I needed to help perpare my students to have the skills needed to be placed in competive employment in our community. Having a job is extremely important but is more than just getting a paycheck it is also the feeling of contributing to our community. As the ecomomy has changed, Thumb Indrusties has adjusted and developed innovative new ways to give our consumers those same opportunities to work and feel good about themselves. I currently sit on the board of directors at Thumb Industries.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

respectful, energetic and willing to go beyond their jobs to provide me with the information I needed and to place consumers in appropriate placements.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the face of Huron County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am working on a collaborative committee with Thumb Industries Staff to put on a Consumer Christmas Party for the people we support. This has been a very rewarding project. The Thumb Industries staff as creative and resourceful. We were able to successfully work together to put together an outstanding event.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to work with them to brainstorm ways to expand their services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Brainstorming ways to raise money to facilitate the event and working on the committe with the Thumb Industries and Community Links staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's services to those they support in finding jobs in their local community.

Ways to make it better...

we would have had more time before the event.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the suffering economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I appreciate those staff I have worked with on this project.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Laker School District was funded, by State Farm, to create a youth driven County Wide paper recycling program. Paper recycling has been done all over the world but in this case the waste has been turned into a useable energy source- paper pellet fuel. Once the project was designed, funded and the equipment purchased it was a natural fit to have the labor supplied by Thumb Industries staff and clients. Thumb Industries was supplied with collection trailers, shredders, and pellet mills to create the final pellet product. They have gone above and beyond the Grant expectations and have created the collection services and routes to manage the paper waste stream, developed the formulas and processes to create the pellets and are now working on marketing the product. Very few nonprofits that supply like services as Thumb Industires have gone to the extent of filling a need to the public, created dozens of jobs for thier clients, and are as "Green" as Thumb Industries.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they truly care for their clients. Regardless of their title or position, it is obvious upon stepping foot into this program that clients are the number one priority.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My experience with Thumb Industries staff has been excellent. I am another non-profit company who was looking for guidance in supported employment and I was so impressed with how Thumb Ind. is run I wanted to model my program after it. I was taken on a tour and the programs explained. What a great place to work. I have been up there several more times bringing other people to see the program and they have always been as impressed as I. Rhonda has been very patient in answering and re-answering our questions and her staff are always welcoming and helpful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Setting up programs similar to the ones that I experienced at Thumb

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting all of the staff and sharing ideas and concepts

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone was just great! Helped us to move in the right direction.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

First it could give my organization one million, and then I suspect it would expand to provide more opportunity for the people that it serves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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