ESCANABA - Lakestate Industries is currently raising money for its endowment fund. Daily Press readers can help by making a contribution using the blue envelope inserted in today's edition. The organization helps people who have barriers to employment learn job skills and work for real pay.
"The whole idea of the endowment fund is for us to build funds so that we can serve people with barriers to employment long into the future," said Cheryl Ohman, executive director of Lakestate Industries.
When the organization began in 1969, only eight adults with disabilities were assisted by the program. Now more than 200 people with barriers to employment - such as cognitive disabilities, mental illness, or physical disabilities - are served by Lakestate every year.
"We've certainly have grown over the last 40 years, and we really want to be able to sustain long into the future," said Ohman... "The fundraiser really is for sustaining the future and for people who fell through the cracks ... We'd like to serve those people but it takes money to serve them," said Ohman.
To make a donation to the Lakestate Endowment Fund look for the blue envelope in today's Daily Press. For more information about Lakestate Industries, visit www.lakestateindustries.org or call (906) 786-9212.