Grafix Shoppe President Mike Donovan and Grafix Shoppe were written about in an excellent article in the ProAct 2013 Annual report here is an exerpt;
Leadership, flexibility and production knowledge are a few of the highlights for William Ruse at Grafix Shoppe in Eagan, where his supervisors have witnessed a personal transformation resulting from his work. The family atmosphere was a welcome change for Ruse. Some companies simply want the product done and don’t have concern for the individual, he explains. “Here they care about you.”
The employee works on crews of two or more, scraping excess material from acrylic lettering and other sign related handwork. Ruse’s case manager had recommended him for an independent job, but he prefers the group environment offered through work enclaves.Site Supervisor Sandy Vang is well-liked by Ruse. “Who’s your favorite staff, Willie?” she asks. “That would be Sandy,” he responds.
Having nicknames for employees is a tradition maintained by Grafix Shoppe President Mike Donovan, who said he wants people to be included. “They (ProAct workers) are fully integrated into our culture, with jerseys, shirts, jackets, hats– they’re totally part of our culture,” he said.
“It’s good for this business to have a relationship with ProAct, and seeing the results of these men and women, it’s gratifying,” Donovan said. The company leader said work is dignity, no matter who a person is or what they do. “It’s doing something that’s productive.”
ProAct, Inc. is an organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities and other challenges with a wide range of client services that enhance employment skills and self-sufficiency capabilities.
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