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Kenya Freeman new General Manager at Workwell!

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October 6, 2020

Kenya Freeman new General Manager at Workwell!

CEO Phil Berry is pleased to announce the promotion of Kenya Freeman to General Manager. Kenya has years of professional experience with the best-known names in the logistics industry, but when he first arrived at Workwell in 2017, he found a diverse and positive environment unlike any he had ever seen. During his service as Director of Operations, he used his talents to increase organizational efficiency and develop the members of his team. Thanks to the unique mission of Workwell, Kenya works directly to help people overcome obstacles and better themselves, whether they envision learning job skills to use elsewhere, or advancing their careers at Workwell over time. 

In his new, expanded role, Kenya takes joy in creating an environment where workers of all backgrounds can learn and grow. This includes folks with criminal records, people with disabilities, refugees, and others with barriers to typical employment. 

Helping people move forward

“Sometimes people are embarrassed by their past, but Workwell gives them a place to get back into the workforce without being judged,” he said. “Our leadership understands that people are trying to get back on their feet, and we are here to help them positively move forward. The past is in the past.” 

In many ways, Kenya sees Workwell as a teaching warehouse, where he leads his team in learning to implement best practices to meet deadlines and finish quality jobs on time, every time. He brings professional structure and personal care to his work, teaching skills to help employees work consistently and confidently. Unlike many places in the corporate world, Workwell’s facilities are all manual – without flashy automation that can raise overhead costs and take away jobs. While this was a change for Kenya, he finds it works well for his team of all abilities, and it does not stop Workwell from doing great work to fulfill customers’ high demands and needs. 

“Here, you see workers coexisting, understanding roles, and contributing, even with a blend of different walks of life and different skill sets,” Kenya explained. “Whether people grow their career here over a number of years, or they use the skills they learn here as a steppingstone to another occupation, we’re here to support and encourage them.” 

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Well Written  January 23, 2024 DRESSwell, Be Well We fully believe that expressing oneself through attire is a form of empowerment. That’s why we’ve undertaken a remarkable initiative to boost our team’s confidence and enhance their self-expression – the DressWell Boutique. Situated in the heart of our facility, this groundbreaking clothing boutique is revolutionizing the way our employees perceive themselves by offering a carefully curated selection of both new and gently used items. It has seamlessly integrated into our incentive program, designed to uplift and support team members in various facets of their lives.   DRESSwell extends beyond our employed staff to include their children, offering a diverse array of clothing options for the younger members of our Workwell family. Whether it’s preparing for school, gearing up for interviews, or simply seeking stylish and comfortable everyday wear, our team can now conveniently explore a myriad of choices right within the workplace. The DRESSwell Boutique, as it evolves into a central element of Workwell’s dedication to employee well-being, signifies more than just a shopping destination. It embodies a progressive stride toward cultivating a workplace where individuals feel empowered, confident, and well-supported. Workwell Industries continues to redefine the employee experience, setting a high standard for organizations that prioritize the holistic growth and fulfillment of their workforce. To donate items to DRESSwell click here.

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EATwell, Feed Well

Well Written  January 22, 2024 EATwell, Feed Well At Workwell, we believe in providing more than just a paycheck. We are dedicated to embracing a holistic approach to well-being, which led to the introduction of our groundbreaking initiative – EATwell. In partnership with New Roots, Inc., this program is a proactive effort to ensure our employees enjoy consistent access to healthy, nourishing food options. The curated selection guarantees freshness and offers a diverse array of choices to cater to various dietary preferences. We recognize and understand the challenge of accessing affordable, fresh food, especially in the Portland community, and EATwell is our solution. This initiative perfectly aligns with our commitment to the comprehensive well-being of our team and keeps us connected with what they need to thrive. Since kicking off in October 2023, EATwell has already made a difference for nearly 100 individuals/employees. Help us keep the momentum going by donating today.

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What Is Your Why?

Well Written  June 10, 2023 What is Your Why? Sometimes, all people need is a helping hand. That’s where we come in. “We are all here to make a difference. While every colleague, employee, client, and friend who walks through that front door of our office had a different path that led here, it is our job to step in and help them in their journey,” said Kenya Freeman, Workwell Industry’s CEO and President. “We are here to make a lasting change in their lives.” Workwell’s mission is to create jobs for people with disabilities and others who experience barriers to employment, while also addressing other needs they may have, such as assistance with food, clothes, and shelter. We create a positive work environment for anyone looking for a job all while maintaining our legacy as a premier vendor in our services.  The task isn’t easy. “I remind everyone to remember their ‘why,’” Freeman said. “Our job is challenging, but we get to be the ones helping people to change their path and look forward to a brighter future.” “ feel the world is a better place when people are being supported,” said Sean Dillon, Workwell’s logistics manager. “I have seen people who are struggling and cannot find the means to be successful, due to their circumstances, regardless of how hard they tried to fix them. That is where we step in and help them get on their feet.” “We are all products of our environment,” said Jessica Fink, Workwell’s compliance and regulatory manager. “We cannot control the things that happen to us, but we all have a choice to become aware of our actions and choose to break the cycle and become the best version of ourselves. I was able to break my cycle and overcome the obstacles I had in front of me. I could not have done it without the help of a few great people in my life that saw my potential and drive to be better each day.” Fink’s “why” is the heart of what we do.  “If I can be the person who gives others the opportunity to take care of their loved ones and change their environment, that reason is enough for me to be here,” she said. Whatever your “why” was when you chose us, either as a team member or a customer, thank you for being a part of our mission here at Workwell.

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Maggie

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May 26, 2020

Employee Spotlight: Meet Maggie

Maggie Lewis has been promoted to Executive Assistant to the CEO and the Foreign Trade Zone Administrative Assistant at Workwell Industries. She holds an associate degree from Ivy Tech Community College and began her career at Workwell in January 2020. Maggie is proud to serve others through her work planning events, managing production data, and assisting CEO Phil Berry with various projects.

Personally, Maggie enjoys spending time with her children. Her organizational skills at work extend to a hobby at home, where she meticulously arranges her closet by color and teaches her children how to fold towels and washcloths to fit neatly in storage. 

Maggie is inspired by her colleagues to find joy in the midst of storms. “Workwell can be many things for many people,” she said. “It can be a new beginning for someone with socioeconomic barriers, a resume-builder for new graduates to gain industry knowledge or a company that you join at a young age and don’t leave until you retire. For me, Workwell is all about helping people.” 

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Now Hiring!

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May 11, 2020

Now Hiring!

Workwell Industries is in the immediate position to hire Production Line Leaders and Production Line Workers. Please stop by in person to fill out an application at 3401 Jewell Ave #2139, Louisville, KY 40212.

✅All positions will be full time, 40 hours a week.
✅Work week consists of Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
✅Will be opportunities to advance to line leaders and more.
✅Prior experience is not required.
✅Must have the ability to pass drug screening.
✅We adhere to all CDC requirements during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
✅Apply in person at 3401 Jewell Ave, Louisville KY 40212.
✅Apply between 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
✅Call 502-772-7383 with questions.

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Workwell: Open for Business

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April 7, 2020

Workwell: Open for Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 

Nonprofit Workwell Industries Inc. open for business:  Workwell stays open to serve its constituents  

LOUISVILLE, KY: During the COVID-19 shutdown, Workwell Industries is continuing production as an essential service in the community.   

The Louisville nonprofit, which hires individuals with barriers to employment, is creating a safe and reliable means of income for its workers while helping Kentucky businesses maintain their supply chains. 

“We exist for the people we serve,” said Workwell CEO Phil Berry. “Whether it be an individual who has disabilities, a wounded veteran, a refugee new to this country, a homeless individual, or economically challenged person, we are here to provide a job if they have a hard time finding it elsewhere.” 

Workwell’s production line consists of these valuable employees, who often have difficulty entering the mainstream workforce. At Workwell, these individuals find employment while gaining skills in packing and assembly. Now, they are using their skills to serve others in a critical time. 

Workwell employees are partnering with Brown-Forman to package products that will maintain supply for Kentucky’s liquor stores, deemed essential in Gov. Andy Beshear’s order. 

Workwell is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to keep employees and customers safe. Protective measures include thorough cleaning and hand-washing every hour, maintaining at least six-foot social distance between individuals and providing protective gloves and Brown-Forman hand sanitizer stations for every employee. During this past week and this week, employees work shortened six-hour shifts but receive pay for their normal forty-hour weeks. 

Because of the nonprofit’s status as essential, Workwell can help other companies that may have furloughed employees during the shutdown. Workwell provides quality packaging, parts assembly, inspection, rework, and fulfillment services. 

Workwell has been connecting disadvantaged people with jobs for over 40 years. For public health, the facility is closed to outside visitors during the shutdown, but individuals can apply for seasonal production jobs at workwellindustries.com. 

“We are going to help people get through this,” Berry said.