- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 1955 by a group of parents and community supporters.
- Incorporated as Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan (RCS, Inc.).
- Name change to RCS Empowers, Inc. in 2007.
- Move to 1607 Geele Ave. (old Plastics Engineering building plus new construction) completed in 2012.
- 98 staff plus 48 production workers.
- 475 youth and adults with disabilities served in 2017.
- 66% developmental disabilities, 17% chronic mental illness, 17% other (learning disability, physical disability, hearing impairment, blindness, brain injury, AODA).
Programs and Services
Day Services – 209 (approximately 125 also spend some time in work at RCS)
- 80+ life enrichment classes to choose from, daily living skills, art therapy.
- 768 community outings provided 5,108 hours of community experiences.
- 139 After Hours Special Events were enjoyed by 96 participants.
- Annual play, “Annie Jr.” was attended by 1,552 community members.
- 12th Annual Community Art Show featured 150 artists and 952 pieces of artwork.
- Aktion Club (service club in partnership with Kiwanis Club) completed 16 service projects in 2017.
- Annual trip in 2018 was to Michigan, attended by 54 individuals.
- Yearly special needs prom attended by 156 individuals from RCS and the general public.
- RCS/Nourish Educational Urban Farm.
Prevocational Services – 223
- Work opportunities at North Plant, Packaging, Janitorial, Kitchen, and Clerical.
- Rate of pay is $12.05 for subcontract and packaging work paid on a piece rate basis. RCS holds a Special Wage Certificate from the Department of Labor, which allows RCS to pay participants based on productivity.
- While building job skills, prevocational participants volunteered 440 hours in our community.
- Classes visited 20 different businesses in Sheboygan County during career exploration.
- 68 hours of city bus training were provided.
- 300 Job Club attendees gained insight from nine guest speakers.
- Career exploration, volunteer experiences, and soft skill development lead to employment in the community.
Employment Services – 285
- Job placement, job coaching, assessments, transition services for high school students, and benefits counseling.
- 62 jobs secured for people through RCS in 2017.
- Over 100 Sheboygan County employers partner with RCS to provide employment opportunities.
- An annual recognition luncheon recognizes employers who hire individuals with disabilities in Sheboygan County. Over 165 members of the Sheboygan business community were in attendance.
- In 2017, RCS partnered with 27 new employers and recognized 99 employers in Sheboygan County.
- RCS exceeds Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development targets for successful placements.
- RCS Ambassadors gave 25 presentations in 2017.
- Four Take Your Legislator to Work events took place in 2017.
- Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a strength-based, outcome-focused approach to employment for people with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Employment services are integrated with mental health treatment. IPS assisted 32 individuals in 2017. Of those, 26 obtained employment.
Birth to Three – 307 families
The Birth to Three Program is for eligible infants and toddlers with developmental delays and could include those diagnosed with cognitive delays, physical impairments, sensory problems, speech and language delays, or emotional disturbances.
Packaging department fills over 6.6 million household fastener packages annually.
North Plant performs subcontract work for over 60 businesses: assembly, collating, shrink wrapping, high-speed packaging, silk screening, boxing, labeling.
Janitorial training program cleans all RCS buildings.
33.2% of RCS Empowers funding for services comes from the county, state (Family Care, IRIS, DVR), schools, and private pay.
66.8% of RCS Empowers funding for services comes from Business Services – subcontract, packaging, janitorial, rental income, and donations.