January 15th, 2015, Vancouver, BC – Starworks Packaging and Assembly, a local social enterprise founded by the Developmental Disabilities Association marks 15 years of business providing kitting, packaging, fulfillment and assembly services.
Starworks was founded to create and sustain competitive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. Today, Starworks employs over 45 individuals with disabilities including Down syndrome and autism. Over the past 15 years, Starworks has paid approximately $1.8 million in wages, supported dozens of students for practicum and training opportunities from local colleges and employment agencies, and competitively employed over 80 individuals. As a social enterprise Starworks operates as a business and receives no government funding.
In addition to community impact, Starworks provides its customers with exceptional services and wouldn’t be able to celebrate 15 years of business without the trust and business of customers. Fairware, a local provider of sustainable promotional products that takes pride in their partnership with Starworks:
“Starworks Packaging has helped us on projects where we needed assembly services for client promotions. Beyond providing great service and being competitively priced, Starworks’s mission is a great fit with Fairware’s commitment to social responsibility. Partnering with Starworks has been a great way for us to ‘walk the talk’ and support community development efforts close to home”, mentions Denise Taschereau, CEO of Fairware. Customers are first attracted to Starworks by the quality and value of the services provided, but are further impressed by the additional community work that they do. Being socially responsible, competitively priced, and staffing employees with an uncanny attention to detail is what Starworks prides themselves in.
About Starworks Packaging and Assembly
Starworks is a social enterprise created for the purpose of providing and sustaining competitive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities and significant barriers to traditional
employment. Starworks has been in business since 2000 and receives no government funding.
About the Developmental Disabilities Association
The Developmental Disabilities Association is a non-profit organization that provides services to
over 1600 individuals and families at 50 community based programs in Vancouver and Richmond.
For more information on our programs and services, visit www.develop.bc.ca.
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