Baker Industries is not just a great nonprofit. They are a nonprofit with a heart of gold. At a time in our daughter's life when the "professionals" were telling us that she didn't have the ability to sustain competitive employment and we should seek out a quality day program, Baker Industries was willing to give her a chance. They have honored that commitment for 4 1/2 years. They brought her from only being able to attend to a task for a couple of hours a day to being productive member of the Baker team for a full shift. This did not happen by accident but rather by design. When you put the focus on someone's abilities, they far out shine their disability. Baker Industries has not just given her a job. They have nurtured a sense of self worth, pride in herself and sense of community. Many of Maria's successes in her personal life are directly tied to the efforts of Baker Industries. They are life changers!!
Every time I talk to my mentally disabled, older brother (now 50 years old), he excitedly tells me that he's going to get a job! But he never gets a position. The years he was a grocery bagger/car-loader at Safeway were some of his happiest as he really likes helping people, but it began to hurt his back. He hasn't been able to find a new job yet. Although, he has enjoyed being a Salvation Army bellringer, it is really hard on his self-esteem and quality of life to not have regular employment A place like Baker Industries would be amazing for him but there is nothing like it where he lives in Virginia.
This is an amazing non profit. All funding comes from private sources which is VERY rare. The benefits received by participants at Baker Industries are unlike any these populations are able to receive elsewhere. The self esteem, independence and hope for the future made accessible are life changing. It is an honor to be affiliated with such a unique and successful organization.
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.
A well organized non-profit that benefits members of society with a variety of handicaps by providing employment, benefits and friendship. It gives the employees a feeling of self-worth!