The Work Activity Center

About Us

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Key Points On Giving

DONATE

Your tax deductible donation makes it possible for us to continue the work programs our clients need to gain their individual independence. Without such programs, many developmentally disabled adults would be without any opportunity to learn job skills which can help them reach their goals. You are important to us because you see the financial need, but more importantly, because you see that the developmentally disabled can, if given the opportunity, be productive individuals. They, like individuals without a disability, want to be successful, and earn a paycheck. You make this a reality!

SUPPORT

It’s no longer just about “giving to the needy,” but creating real change. You can be one of our ambassadors for change today. If you have time that you can help us achieve our goals and help us assist, educate, or sponsor, you will be a big part of that change. We would love to hear from you.

VOLUNTEER

If you're not sure where to begin, contact us. Our platform gives volunteers the ability to search for opportunities that adhere to their skill levels. Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill or put an existing skill to practice again. You will be surprised at the many gifts you have to share but never realized it before.

Testimonials

What a wonderful company to do business with. Thank you for preparing my mass mailing packets and sending out on time. I will be doing business with you again!

K&K Multimedia Inc.

My daughter had tuberous sclerosis complex with developmental delay, autism, and a seizure disorder and also has scoliosis and ulcerative colitis, so things have never been really easy for her. But there must be something really special about your place and your people, both staff and clients! My daughter has an extremely positive attitude about joining you each day. She does not want to miss a day of work even when we had out of town family here for a local stay-cation! She seems to be more meticulous about her responsibilities since starting work, and she also seems happier to us than when she was a student. Thank you for caring so very much for people who face challenges.

Mrs. M. Reyes

We have used the Work Activity Center for multiple affixing and key hand-work projects. In all cases, their work has been accurate and completed in the time promised.

The Oklahoman Direct, Venette Perry

As the owner of Moore's primary source for news through the Moore Monthly Magazine, I have an obligation to insure the publication is delivered on time and at a high level of quality. On numerous occasions, we have contracted with the Work Activity Center to add inserts inside the publication and promotional stickers on the cover. In every instance, the Work Activity Center provided the requested services on time or sooner, and worked within the parameters of our schedule and logistical needs, sometimes even fulfilling last minute orders.

Brent Wheelbarger, owner, Trifecta Communications

The Work Activity Center has allowed me to grow my business exponentially through the assistance that their staff provides. The flexibility they have shown in meeting my needs is beyond compare. From the beginning, the cost has been economical and the turn around time has been excellent. I have expanded on what I give the Center to do because I know they will do it well and quickly. I am looking forward to many years of working together.

Nickanny's Treasures, CEO, Mathea Ford

Orr Family Farm has had the opportunity to contract for services with the Work Activity Center for the last 6 years. The staff has been great to work with and have also helped with suggestions to improve the job quality. The work has always been completed timely and professionally. We highly recommend the Work Activity Center and capable staff to your organization.

ORR FAMILY FARM, Tom Orr

A bit about our team...

Growth Through Understanding, Support, Cooperation and Love

On August 9, 1976, the Work Activity Center, Inc., opened its doors -fulfilling the dreams of many disabled adults, parents, and educators in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area by providing a safe work environment as well as a social outlet for the developmentally disabled. We started with five full-time and three part-time individuals who had developmental disabilities along with two staff members. Since then we have grown to thirty-two individuals ranging in age from 22 - 57 years old. We also have four supervisors and two administrative staff members. Currently, we have 19 clients, and the staff ratio remains the same. We do not receive state or federal funding, and are supported by our contracts , private donations and grants.

We believe everyone needs an opportunity to achieve his or her fullest potential. We recognize that individuals are happier when they are productive and that everyone benefits by contributions through meaningful work. We employ the developmentally disabled utilizing their individual skills to perform a variety of job functions required by our contracts with businesses in Oklahoma City, Moore and Norman. Through these new skills, each individual grows into the new opportunities at their own individual pace.

We, at Work Activity Center, are very proud of our accomplishments achieved throughout our long history in Moore Oklahoma, and we plan to grow our legacy in years to come -providing employment for our wonderful, special employees. With every new project we undertake, we accept the responsibility of exceeding the expectations of our clients. It is through that philosophy we intend to grow our footprint in the future. Work Activity Center employees are passionate about their work. Along with our clients, they are the cornerstone of our success. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering optimal results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking our work and processes to new markets, introducing new techniques to regions where we have a presence, and continually improving our services to ensure that our solutions are second-to-none for business repeatability.

Above all, we try to make our work atmosphere both friendly and safe. We have various events throughout the year that build teamwork and brotherhood. We encourage our support families and volunteers to assist with events, projects and new opportunities. With this understanding and cooperation we see our limitations as boundless, and will carry us into the future.


Meet the team...

Growth Through Understanding, Support, Cooperation and Love

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Beverly Young

Executive Director

Beverly was hired by the Board of Directors in September 2009 and took over the operations of the work center on January 1, 2010, as their full-time executive director. She has a developmentally disabled daughter who has been employed at the work center for 35 years. Beverly brings to the position 39 years of experience. She is married to Earle Young, and they have 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. One of her proudest achievements is the honor of being the mother of Dean Findley, Cheryl Findley and Denise Childress –all of whom are involved in “service to others” within their respective jobs. “I am so grateful that the Lord blessed me with this position because it gives me the opportunity to see clients learning new job skills, and enjoying their work experience.” My staff is a very qualified team who strives to instill in our clients a spirit of teamwork, and a true dedication to customer service. Visitors are always welcome, so come and see us!

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Connie “Jodi” Gardner

Administrative Assistant

If you call, stop by WAC or receive thank you correspondence for donations, you are likely to be greeted by Jodi (her nickname by which she goes). She started working at WAC in January 2015. Her career includes 35+ years of experience.However, in addition to her clerical skills, she brings to her job genuine compassion and a desire to see the WAC clients do well at any job to which they are assigned. Jodi is married to Bill Gardner, Minister at Community Christian Church, Moore, OK.

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Amanda Young

Production Manager

Amanda was hired on March 3, 2009 as a supervisor. I immediately observed her potential, and promoted her to Production Manager. She has brought leadership to her team, and they have responded by completing all customer contracts in the required time frame, and by helping our clients develop their potential. Amanda and Conrad have 4 children, which keeps them busy, but not too busy to be of service to other developmentally disabled adults in the Moore area. She is the youngest member on our team, and demands "quality" work, so we all know to "get with the program" or she'll find someone who will." Amanda loves the clients, and has a great rapport with them -that's what matters most. Come by and meet our team Monday through Friday. You are always welcome at the Center.

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Donna Coffman

Production Assistant

Donna came to work for us on September 14, 2012 -first as a supervisor, then promoted to Production Assistant. She does an outstanding job training our clients on a variety of different contracts. She is dependable, and steadfast "making sure all contracts are completed to the customer's satisfaction." Donna has been married for 31 years to Bobby Coffman, and they have 5 children and 5 grand-children. Donna states that she "enjoys working with all the clients on each contract, and taking them on outings such as bowling, movies, and restaurants." In her words, "the clients are a total blast." "They are truly a blessing to all who have an opportunity to work with them."

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Pam Barton

Supervisor

Pam came to work at the Center on March 1, 2016 in the position of Supervisor. She is a delightful person to be around, and shows much love and care of our clients. Pam works with the clients encouraging them to do their job with a sense of pride. Once they accomplish the task at hand, then they understand more perfectly what is meant by being proud of your work. Pam does most of our CD, DVD sales packaging (with the help of the clients) and deliveries to Oklahoma state agencies. She has approximately 20 years experience in the work force prior to coming to work at the Work Activity Center. Pam is married to Don Barton, and they have two sons, and two grandchildren. Pam attends Community Christian Church.

Our Board Members


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L.O. Harrington

President

L.O. Harrington is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Work Activity Center, Inc. He has been an active board member since 2002. Though L.O. does not have a client working at the Center, he supports all fundraising events that benefit their work programs. Long before actually serving on the board of directors, he encouraged other business leaders to support programs that benefit the developmentally disabled. He is a retired home builder/developer, welding inspector, served in the U.S. Army, and also retired from Farmers Insurance Agency. L.O. and his wife Marilyn are members of South West Church of Christ.

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Jerry Meek

Vice President

Jerry Meek has been a Board member since 2002; however, he was actively involved (long before serving on the board) by supporting the Center financially through various fundraising events; maintenance of our work facility, and continues to be dedicated to helping our clients have a place to work and socialize. He has been the General Contractor for Apollo Building Systems, Inc. for over 40 years. His company has built many of the business structures in Moore including Fire Stations, and the Public Safety Building. He is also a Vietnam era veteran. Jerry and his wife Debbie are members of Highland Baptist Church.

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Bill Gardner

Secretary

Board Secretary Bill Gardner has been a member since 2015. Bill has been the minister at Community Christian Church, Moore, Oklahoma for four years. He brings a great deal of experience to the Board of Directors as a result of his 38 years in the ministry -through counseling, practical business knowledge, and a sense of humor so necessary when dealing with people. He has served on a Board of Officers for Little League (Southern California), and numerous Church boards. Bill and his wife Jodi are very involved at the work center, and have a sincere heart for the developmentally disabled. They have a granddaughter with Cerebral Palsy. Bill would make two statements about his philosophy of life, "If it is green, don't eat it." And, according to a scripture verse, "He used what God gave him."

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Chris Phillips

Treasurer

Chistopher (Chris) Phillips is a Pharmacist (12 years), and owner of Chris' Express Drug in Oklahoma City. Chris was well known in the City of Moore when he worked as a pharmacist at the former Rexall Drug on 5th & Broadway. He has the following degrees: Pharma D; Associates of Science; OUHSC and Panhandle State University. Chris is the Treasurer for the Board of Directors, and we appreciate him for taking on that responsibility. Chris and his wife Brandie reside in Norman, Oklahoma, and have four children. Chris and his family worship at Victory Church in Norman, OK.

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Earle Young

Board Member

Earle Young, Jr. has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. He has been a resident of Moore, Oklahoma since 1993. Earle is the owner of Management Software Support Services, LLC, and has been a software consultant for over 36 years. One of the highlights of his career was working as a Programmer/Analyst for the Space Program in Houston, Texas. He has a Business Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and he and his wife Beverly have 5 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. One of his stepdaughters is developmentally disabled and has been employed at the Work Activity Center for 35 years. Earle has been a faithful member of the Board, and continues to bring to the table his business expertise, and wisdom.

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Jon Painter, O.D.

Board Member

Dr. Jon Painter has been a member of the Work Activity Center Board of Directors since September 24, 2015. He has been an Optometrist for 26 years, and his office is located in Moore, Oklahoma. His Doctorate is from NSUCO. He has served on the Moore Health Clinic Board as president for 2 years; Moore Parks Board as president for 1 year, and as a board member on the MPS Board for 5 years. Dr. Painter is very interested in helping young people accomplish their goals in life -and especially the developmentally disabled adults at the Work Activity Center. He is married to Kim and they have four children. Jon ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, but though he lost that race, he continues to stay informed on the issues, and how he can be of service to the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma. Jon, Kim and their children attend the First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Oklahoma.

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Russell Holllingsworth

Board Member

Russell Hollingsworth is our newest board member as of April, 2017. Russell worked for Universal Insurance Agency, Moore, Oklahoma for 10 years. He has a new position with Dillingham Insurance in Oklahoma City, OK. He is married to Whitney, and they have four children ages 10 (twins), 6 and age 3. Russell previously served on the Moore Chamber Board of Directors for two years, and was a Teacher/Coach for 7 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts from East Central University. He loves working with children of all ages, and is looking forward to promoting the work programs for the developmentally disabled adults at the Work Activity Center, Inc. Russell, Whitney and their 4 children attend Wildwood Community Church in Norman, OK.

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Mario Diaz

Board Representititve (Parents Auxiliary)

Mario Diaz is President of the Parent's Auxiliary of the Work Activity Center, Inc. He has a young daughter who has been working for the Center since 2010. His devotion to helping the developmentally disabled is at the heart of his participation in the auxiliary.

Mario represents the parents at all of the Center's Board Meetings. He says he is retired, but he continues to help with Habitat for Humanity, and along with his wife, Carmen, and daughter Ivette, is very active at St. Andrews Catholic Church.


C.O.P.A. (Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association)

C.O.P.A. (Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association) has been a long standing affiliate of the Moore Work Activity Center.

Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association

Recently COPA presented us with a new van for transportation purposes. We would like to extend our HEARTFELT thanks for their wonderful gift.

Work Activity Center Van

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded more than $300,000 to 14 charitable organizations in central Oklahoma. The Services to Elderly iFund program, Access to Health Care iFund program and Wellness Initiative award grants to organizations that support independent living for the elderly, promote wellness and exercise, provide social and recreational opportunities and give access to health care.



Professional Recyclers

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Our commitment to Oklahoma, and to local charities, has been the driving force behind our motto: REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE. Together with our local partners, we have earned the status of a green company and we are a proud member of the Oklahoma Recyclers Association. Professional Recyclers continue to support the Moore Work Activity Center through donations. You can help us, and your community, by using the recycle bin placed at Work Activity Center by Professional Recyclers. Thank you.







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