Workshops, Inc.

Workshops, Inc. WE Inc. enriches lives by helping people with disabilities and other employment barriers reach their employment potential. We have been part of the Birmingham community since 1900.
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Workshops provides job training and employment services for people who have significant disabilities. People receiving services earn wages by performing assembly, packaging, and mailing services, as well as handwork for the commercial print industry. Some earn their living while receiving training in reception, food services, building maintenance, warehousing, materials handling, fork lift operation, local delivery and other activities.

Operating as usual

We are so proud of Corenza Smith! On April 28, she celebrated 5 years of very successful employment with Birmingham-base...
04/29/2021

We are so proud of Corenza Smith! On April 28, she celebrated 5 years of very successful employment with Birmingham-based Community Cleaning and Maintenance! She overcame addictions and homelessness and worked hard with Workshops Empowerment to improve her life - and improve it she has! She has been Community's Employee of the Year and was given an award by Governor Kay Ivey. This February, she was featured in an article in the Birmingham Times. http://www.birminghamtimes.com/2021/02/we-inc-helped-corenza-smith-find-the-ability-to-make-a-difference/ Congratulations, Corenza - we are so proud of you and how far you have come!

We are so proud of Corenza Smith! On April 28, she celebrated 5 years of very successful employment with Birmingham-based Community Cleaning and Maintenance! She overcame addictions and homelessness and worked hard with Workshops Empowerment to improve her life - and improve it she has! She has been Community's Employee of the Year and was given an award by Governor Kay Ivey. This February, she was featured in an article in the Birmingham Times. http://www.birminghamtimes.com/2021/02/we-inc-helped-corenza-smith-find-the-ability-to-make-a-difference/ Congratulations, Corenza - we are so proud of you and how far you have come!

Do you like working with young people? Looking for a fun, challenging summer job working with a great team? WE Inc. may ...
04/27/2021

Do you like working with young people? Looking for a fun, challenging summer job working with a great team? WE Inc. may be just what you are looking for! We are now hiring staff for our summer Job Exploration Training - JET - for local youth with disabilities. Read more about it here: https://weincal.org/who-we-are/careers.html

#summerfun #peopleofWEInc #JETTime #jobskillsforyouth #jobexperienceforyouth

Do you like working with young people? Looking for a fun, challenging summer job working with a great team? WE Inc. may be just what you are looking for! We are now hiring staff for our summer Job Exploration Training - JET - for local youth with disabilities. Read more about it here: https://weincal.org/who-we-are/careers.html

#summerfun #peopleofWEInc #JETTime #jobskillsforyouth #jobexperienceforyouth

We appreciate our employment partners - like Falls Facility Services, Inc.​ They give our clients a chance, and our clie...
04/26/2021
Falls Facility Services keeping essential workers working - Birmingham Business Journal

We appreciate our employment partners - like Falls Facility Services, Inc.​ They give our clients a chance, and our clients rise to the occasion! Great article about how they adjusted their services during the pandemic, and how they are planning for the future - a future we hope we're part of! #peopleofworkshops #employmentpartners #thedignityofwork #workshopspartners

Falls Facility Services Inc. capitalized on that need to ensure a germ-free environment, keeping essential workers in jobs both around town and within its own company.

Exciting things happening at WE Inc.! We can't wait to share the great new products coming from our newest workforce dev...
04/19/2021

Exciting things happening at WE Inc.! We can't wait to share the great new products coming from our newest workforce development program. Be sure to Like We Made Inc.!

Introducing WE Made, a new program from @workshopsempowerment. Follow along to see our new quality home goods that benefit the community of Birmingham! 🏠✨

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WE Inc. had some very special visitors today! Longtime production worker and friend of WE Inc. Jimmy Salmon stopped by t...
04/15/2021

WE Inc. had some very special visitors today! Longtime production worker and friend of WE Inc. Jimmy Salmon stopped by to celebrate his 50 years at Workshops! He is retired now, and we miss his positive, can-do attitude and how he always would take a few minutes at the end of the day to talk to everyone and see how they were doing.

His brother and sister and their spouses stopped by for the festivities including cake and a retirement watch! Happy retirement, Jimmy!

#PeopleofWorkshops #peopleofWEInc #happyretirement #HappyRetirementLife

Spring brings azaleas, daffodils, LOTS of pollen, and a new sign for our new brand!#WEIncAL #WEMade #WorkshopsEmpowermen...
04/12/2021

Spring brings azaleas, daffodils, LOTS of pollen, and a new sign for our new brand!

#WEIncAL #WEMade #WorkshopsEmpowerment

Spring brings azaleas, daffodils, LOTS of pollen, and a new sign for our new brand!

#WEIncAL #WEMade #WorkshopsEmpowerment

WE Made (formerly Avondale Mercantile) is getting a new space for making new products! Stay tuned to see how it turns ou...
04/07/2021

WE Made (formerly Avondale Mercantile) is getting a new space for making new products! Stay tuned to see how it turns out.

WE Made (formerly Avondale Mercantile) is getting a new space for making new products! Stay tuned to see how it turns out.

04/05/2021

Avondale Mercantile has a new name! Follow along for more info on our new program and products arriving in the coming weeks!

Andy Prewitt, Vice President of The Prewitt Group has been elected to the Workshops Empowerment Inc. board of directors....
03/31/2021

Andy Prewitt, Vice President of The Prewitt Group has been elected to the Workshops Empowerment Inc. board of directors. Andy is following the legacy of his father Jack Prewitt, who served on the board of WE Inc. for 30+ years. Welcome, Andy!
#peopleofWEInc. #WEIncBoard #peopleofWEIncBoard #WEIncLegends

Andy Prewitt, Vice President of The Prewitt Group has been elected to the Workshops Empowerment Inc. board of directors. Andy is following the legacy of his father Jack Prewitt, who served on the board of WE Inc. for 30+ years. Welcome, Andy!
#peopleofWEInc. #WEIncBoard #peopleofWEIncBoard #WEIncLegends

Follow WE Inc. to hear big things from our social enterprise - Avondale Mercantile!
03/26/2021

Follow WE Inc. to hear big things from our social enterprise - Avondale Mercantile!

Follow WE Inc. to hear big things from our social enterprise - Avondale Mercantile!

From putting together parts for HVAC systems to putting together swag bags for big events, @Workshops Empowerment, Inc ....
03/22/2021

From putting together parts for HVAC systems to putting together swag bags for big events, @Workshops Empowerment, Inc .is ready to help and has been for more than 120 years! Send your handwork to WE Inc. It will be done right, on time, for a great price - and by the way, it will help people with disabilities and other employment barriers reach their vocational potential.

WEIncAL.org

#PeopleofWEInc #allaboutthework

From putting together parts for HVAC systems to putting together swag bags for big events, @Workshops Empowerment, Inc .is ready to help and has been for more than 120 years! Send your handwork to WE Inc. It will be done right, on time, for a great price - and by the way, it will help people with disabilities and other employment barriers reach their vocational potential.

WEIncAL.org

#PeopleofWEInc #allaboutthework

It's Spring! And the temps are climbing. You know you need a new t-shirt to keep (and be) cool. As one of Yellowhammer C...
03/12/2021

It's Spring! And the temps are climbing. You know you need a new t-shirt to keep (and be) cool. As one of Yellowhammer Creative's Locals, these WE Inc. t's look great, and support our work helping people reach their vocational potential.

They are only available for pre-order through Sunday so get yours now! WE Inc. will receive 50% of the proceeds. https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

#WEIncWorks #tshirtsofWEInc

It's Spring! And the temps are climbing. You know you need a new t-shirt to keep (and be) cool. As one of Yellowhammer Creative's Locals, these WE Inc. t's look great, and support our work helping people reach their vocational potential.

They are only available for pre-order through Sunday so get yours now! WE Inc. will receive 50% of the proceeds. https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

#WEIncWorks #tshirtsofWEInc

We are updating all of the signage at WE Inc. with our new logo! And while we were at it, we spruced up the lobby with n...
03/10/2021

We are updating all of the signage at WE Inc. with our new logo! And while we were at it, we spruced up the lobby with new paint. We can't wait until we can share it in person for tours. Until then, what do you think?

And just a reminder - still time to get a WE Inc. t-shirt from Yellowhammer Creative

https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

#WEInc

We are updating all of the signage at WE Inc. with our new logo! And while we were at it, we spruced up the lobby with new paint. We can't wait until we can share it in person for tours. Until then, what do you think?

And just a reminder - still time to get a WE Inc. t-shirt from Yellowhammer Creative

https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

#WEInc

If you missed our Friday pop up, no worries! Plenty of time to order our very cool new t-shirt from Yellowhammer Creativ...
03/08/2021

If you missed our Friday pop up, no worries! Plenty of time to order our very cool new t-shirt from Yellowhammer Creative promoting not just our new name, but what we're all about.

You know you need a Spring new t-shirt, right? Why not support Workshops Empowerment, Inc. at the same time? Order yours now!
https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

#wework #workshopsempowerment

If you missed our Friday pop up, no worries! Plenty of time to order our very cool new t-shirt from Yellowhammer Creative promoting not just our new name, but what we're all about.

You know you need a Spring new t-shirt, right? Why not support Workshops Empowerment, Inc. at the same time? Order yours now!
https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

#wework #workshopsempowerment

Hey everyone! Here's a fun Friday pop-up, just in time for t-shirt weather! We are so thrilled to be part of the Yellowh...
03/05/2021

Hey everyone! Here's a fun Friday pop-up, just in time for t-shirt weather! We are so thrilled to be part of the Yellowhammer Creative Locals Series. They have created these beautiful shirts celebrating our new name and logo. Help us spread the word that Workshops Empowerment, Inc. - WE Inc. -is here! And also know you're supporting WE Inc. - 50% of the profits from the sale of our shirts will be donated to WE Inc.

They are 100% Cotton, Eco-Friendly and use Water-Based Ink Imprint For A Vintage Feel.
Free Shipping!
Pre-order closes at midnight on 3/14/2021. Please allow 2-3 weeks for printing and delivery. https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

We LOVE these shirts and hope you will too!

Hey everyone! Here's a fun Friday pop-up, just in time for t-shirt weather! We are so thrilled to be part of the Yellowhammer Creative Locals Series. They have created these beautiful shirts celebrating our new name and logo. Help us spread the word that Workshops Empowerment, Inc. - WE Inc. -is here! And also know you're supporting WE Inc. - 50% of the profits from the sale of our shirts will be donated to WE Inc.

They are 100% Cotton, Eco-Friendly and use Water-Based Ink Imprint For A Vintage Feel.
Free Shipping!
Pre-order closes at midnight on 3/14/2021. Please allow 2-3 weeks for printing and delivery. https://www.yellowhammer.org/localsseries/workshops

We LOVE these shirts and hope you will too!

Thank you, BirminghamWatch​ for highlighting this Birmingham City Council​ decision to fund 9 non-profits through the Ci...
03/03/2021
Birmingham Divvies Up $500K In Bold Funding For Nonprofits

Thank you, BirminghamWatch​ for highlighting this Birmingham City Council​ decision to fund 9 non-profits through the City's BOLD - Building Opportunities for Lasting Development - grant initiative. We are proud to join these outstanding non-profits, and are getting ready to launch our 6 month workforce development program through We Made (formerly Avondale Mercantile). We appreciate the City's support through BOLD!

Nine Birmingham nonprofits will receive funding from the city’s Building Opportunities for Lasting Development grant initiative this year, despite an overall reduction in funding for the program.

This is possibly the best swag bag  we've ever seen! Makes us wish we were part of the Southern Living Summit. Originall...
03/02/2021

This is possibly the best swag bag we've ever seen! Makes us wish we were part of the Southern Living Summit.

Originally, the bag had 10 items. By the time we shipped them, there were more than 100! Whether your job has 10 items, or 100, let WE Inc. help you look your best to your customers and clients. Call WE Inc. at 205-592-9683.

#WEInc #peopleofWEInc

We are so excited about and grateful for this opportunity. Thank you, Birmingham City Council and thank you WVTM 13 and ...
02/23/2021
Workshops Empowerment Inc. has help the disabled for 121 years

We are so excited about and grateful for this opportunity. Thank you, Birmingham City Council and thank you WVTM 13 and Jon Paepcke for a great story about Workshops Empowerment, Inc. Be on the lookout for new products from WE Made soon!

Grant will help non-profit deliver job skills to dozen more people

Classes look a bit different (social distanced and everyone masked), but WE Inc. continues to offer job readiness classe...
02/22/2021

Classes look a bit different (social distanced and everyone masked), but WE Inc. continues to offer job readiness classes to help people master the skills needed to get a job. By the time people complete the 12 class sessions, they will understand important soft skills like getting along with supervisors and co-workers, and will have written a resume and practiced job interviews.

Next step: we help them find and apply to jobs and move into the workforce!

#WEInc

Classes look a bit different (social distanced and everyone masked), but WE Inc. continues to offer job readiness classes to help people master the skills needed to get a job. By the time people complete the 12 class sessions, they will understand important soft skills like getting along with supervisors and co-workers, and will have written a resume and practiced job interviews.

Next step: we help them find and apply to jobs and move into the workforce!

#WEInc

It's Twinsie Tuesday at WE Inc.! Looks like Carl, Manager of our Industrial Assembly Department, and long-time productio...
02/16/2021

It's Twinsie Tuesday at WE Inc.! Looks like Carl, Manager of our Industrial Assembly Department, and long-time production worker Susan G. decided to coordinate their fashion. And we couldn't resist a picture.

WE Inc. continues to serve our business customers safely - and with a sense of humor! Contact us at 205-592-9683 and let us handle your mailings, fulfillment, collating, kitting, counting and more - just ask.

It's Twinsie Tuesday at WE Inc.! Looks like Carl, Manager of our Industrial Assembly Department, and long-time production worker Susan G. decided to coordinate their fashion. And we couldn't resist a picture.

WE Inc. continues to serve our business customers safely - and with a sense of humor! Contact us at 205-592-9683 and let us handle your mailings, fulfillment, collating, kitting, counting and more - just ask.

Out of an abundance of caution for our workforce, WE Inc. will close today at 2:00 pm and remain closed tomorrow - Tuesd...
02/15/2021

Out of an abundance of caution for our workforce, WE Inc. will close today at 2:00 pm and remain closed tomorrow - Tuesday, February 16. Stay home and stay warm, friends!

Out of an abundance of caution for our workforce, WE Inc. will close today at 2:00 pm and remain closed tomorrow - Tuesday, February 16. Stay home and stay warm, friends!

Kathy is glad she's wearing a mask - you can't see her blushing! What a lovely and well-deserved Valentine from our frie...
02/12/2021

Kathy is glad she's wearing a mask - you can't see her blushing! What a lovely and well-deserved Valentine from our friends at Birmingham Printing We love our customers!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! Wishing you all sweet treats and loved ones to share them with.

#WEIncWorks #ValentinesDay #PeopleofWEInc

Hey - look who made the news! Thanks to Stephanie Rebman at the Birmingham Business Journal for helping us get the word ...
02/09/2021

Hey - look who made the news! Thanks to Stephanie Rebman at the Birmingham Business Journal for helping us get the word out!

"Workshops Inc. has changed its name to Workshops Empowerment Inc., or WE Inc. It also changed its social enterprise from Avondale Mercantile to WE Made and is ramping up production. The nonprofit hired Emily Thornton West as program manager for WE Made. She will oversee product development and distribution, as well as work with program staff to implement WE Made as a workforce development program, moving people from unemployment to successful employment in the community."

Address

4244 3rd Ave S
Birmingham, AL
35222

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 16:00
Thursday 07:00 - 16:00
Friday 07:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(205) 592-9683

Products

Services include: Handwork including assembly, kitting, packaging, mailing and more; vocational rehabilitation services; products manufactured by WE Made

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