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ABOUT THE ST. JOE COMMUNITY CO-OP

St. Joseph Community Co-op is a member owned co-operative whose members receive on-the-job training and become active employees, performing work for several different accounts. It is a community-based organization with its own Board of Directors (who are elected by the members) and looks to others in the community, (i.e. business leaders, etc.) to serve as advisors on occasion. Our Hulda's Household Helper's business provides services to those who want to maintain their independence in their community. (See HHH tab)

St. Joe Community Co-op devotes all of its resources to developing, supporting and maintaining its workforce. Members are encouraged in pursuing employment opportunities outside the Co-op within their communities. It provides quality, value-added services to both its members and customers. As it competes with others in the marketplace, the Co-op requires each member to actively participate in a working and learning environment so that they remain competitive.

Member services the St. Joe Community Co-op provide include training and employment opportunities in a supportive, team-oriented environment that reinforces positive work performance and attitudes. Training in assembly, packaging, labeling, kitting, material processing and janitorial, which lead to other enhanced employment positions, are among the opportunities offered by the St. Joe Community Co-op.

Material Handling. Finished UTB bag.


ST. JOE COMMUNITY CO-OP VALUES

SELF-DETERMINATION Everything that we do will reflect the wants, needs and desires of our membership, thus preserving our basic right to Self-Determination.

FREEDOM for members to make their own choices about participation in the Co-op.

AUTHORITY for members to be the primary decision makers about the entire range of issues affecting the Co-op from administration of internal policies to the delivery of services, both to customers and Co-op members.

SUPPORT for members to accomplish their employment goals and provide access to employment opportunities and community inclusion for everyone while focusing on what members can do rather than what they cannot.

RESPONSIBILITY for Co-op members to each other to do their part to achieve goals, meet deadlines and conscientiously govern the organization's performance.

CONFIRMATION that work performed at the Co-op is a meaningful activity that adds value and results in real wages or opportunities to obtain employment in a competitive environment within their community.


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ST. JOE COMMUNITY CO-OP MISSION

TO PROVIDE QUALITY, VALUE -ADDED GOODS AND SERVICES TO OUR CUSTOMERS WHILE EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

Material handling with Fork Truck. Members packing auto parts on-site.

FAQ's

WHAT IS A PRODUCTION FACILITY?
The production facility is one of many locations where the St. Joseph Community Co-op operates. The production facility houses various assembly, packaging and material handling operations for the Co-op's clients. In addition to jobs at the production facility, Co-op members and Core workers perform work at many different locations within the community.

WHAT IS SELF DETERMINATION?
Self-Determination is the basic right of every individual to make choices about his/her life. Many people across the nation who are concerned about people with disabilities are fighting to make sure that everyone gets to make choices about their life, and make those choices happen.

HOW DO I DO BUSINESS WITH THE CO-OP?
The Co-op is always looking for new customers and new ways to serve their members. Please call (269) 659-4525 to inquire about opportunities to partner with the Co-op and ask for either Krysti or Tony.

WHEN DID THE CO-OP START?
The Co-op started providing services on March 1st of 2006. The official grand opening of the Co-op was held at the production facility on S. Jefferson, in Sturgis, on June 16, 2006.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CO-OP?
The Co-op frequently has employment opportunities. If you are over the age of 18, stop in, pick up an application to complete, and return it to find out about opportunities currently available. Co-op members can work and receive on-the-job training at the production facility and are encouraged to find more permanent jobs within the community. Co-op members are responsible for governing the Co-Op. Duties include participating in board meetings, voting on Co-op rules and work scheduling.

St. Joseph Community COOP, Inc., Employment Training, Sturgis, MI



"The purpose of life is not to be happy —
but to matter, to be productive, to be useful,
to have it make some difference that
you have lived at all. "

- Leo Rosten (1908-1997)




501 W. Lafayette St., Sturgis, MI 49091
(269) 659-4525