There are lots of non-profits that are worthy, but what sets Baker Industries apart from the rest is their unique blend of a worthwhile work experience in a compassionate and supportive environment. As a donor, it is also great to know that every dollar I give is multiplied by the work of the Baker employees. Their careful control of administrative expenses, dedication to program development and long history are outstanding.
Vijay and Susan Aggarwal
Talk about diversity and equality, Baker has it! This place of special opportunity offers those from many walks of life the chance to participate in competitive employment with support as needed. It is a cavalier approach to combine those with developmental / psychiatric disabilities along with those who have an abuse or criminal background but somehow they all realize what they have going and a compatible joint effort rises to get the job done and develop a community. Not dependent on government funding, they are well deserving of what the accomplish.
Baker Industries fills a vital link in our community. By providing employment to people with mild disabilities and criminal records, they enable those who would other wise end up on welfare become productive members of society. They combine meaningful work with occupational and career counseling, training on proper workforce behavior and an atmosphere of love and respect. The employees and volenteers at this wonderful organization really feel like a family. At the same time, Baker Industries fills a much need role for their clients here in the Philadelphia area and nationwide.
Baker Industries is far and away the most amazing organization to help the lives of a diverse array of the community in need.
Baker Industries helps the handicapped and former prisoners to develop sound work habits and job skills to make them more employable. As both a donor and a former volunteer, I have never seen an organization that combines compassion and tough love so effectively. The mission of Baker Industries has been a true labor of love for Charlie and Weezie Baker, who founded the organization, and that mission has been expanded over the years to include a highly competent professional staff that has the best interests of employees at heart. Baker is the only organization I know of whose goal is to lose its best employees; Baker trains people in a real-world working environment of accountability for performance so that they can go on to a better vocational future with for-profit and nonprofit firms.