- 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.
- 101 staff and 46 production workers.
- 487 youth and adults with disabilities served in 2019.
- 67% developmental disabilities, 17% chronic mental illness, 16% other (learning disability, physical disability, hearing impairment, blindness, brain injury, AODA).
Programs and Services
- 60+ life enrichment classes to choose from including daily living skills, art therapy.
- 125 After Hours Special Events offered evenings and weekends.
- Annual play production is attended by over 1200 community members.
- Aktion Club (service club in partnership with Kiwanis Club) completed 15 service projects in 2019.
- Annual public Art Show featured over 1,000 works by 151 artists.
- Work opportunities in Subcontract Manufacturing, Packaging, Janitorial, Kitchen, Clerical.
- Rate of pay is $12.40 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.
- In 2019 while building job skills, prevocational participants volunteered 768 hours in our community, visited 35 different businesses in Sheboygan County for career exploration, and received 65 hours of city bus training.
- Career exploration, volunteer experiences and soft skill development lead to employment in the community.
- Job placement, job coaching, assessments, transition services for high school students, and benefits counseling.
- 68 jobs secured for people through RCS in 2019. 26 of those were with new employers.
- Over 150 Sheboygan County employers partner with RCS to provide employment opportunities.
- Over 100 members of the Sheboygan business community who hire individuals with disabilities were in attendance and recognized at an annual luncheon hosted by RCS and HearthStone of WI.
- 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. Exemplary fidelity awarded.
Birth to Three – 280 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.
Funding and Revenue
39 % of RCS Empowers funding for services comes from the county, state (Family Care, IRIS, DVR), schools, and private pay.
61% of RCS Empowers funding for services comes from Business Services – subcontract, packaging, janitorial, rental income, and donations.