Provides job training for disabled adults
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear today announced a $182,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) for the construction of a new WATCH Inc. work facility and the renovation of existing WATCH Inc. facilities in Murray.
WATCH Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides vocational rehabilitation, job training and community-based employment opportunities for developmentally disabled adults in the Calloway County area. In addition to placing participants in jobs at local businesses, the group provides in-house employment through contract work with local industries. Individuals receive a monthly paycheck based on the piece rate of their production or an hourly wage for contract work that includes sorting, inspection, assembly and packaging.
Approximately 50 disabled individuals are currently assisted by WATCH Inc., but workspace limitations have prevented the organization from taking on additional participants. The CDBG funding will go to toward the construction of a new 1,000 square foot work center facility that will allow WATCH Inc. to employ more individuals. The funding will support renovations to WATCH Inc.’s primary and annex buildings, including improvements to restrooms, electrical work and HVAC systems.