The REACH story started in Klamath Falls in 1987 with a small group of dedicated people who were looking for a solution to a problem in our community, where were people who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities going to go to get an opportunity to make more of themselves and to be a productive part of the Klamath community. The founders wanted them to have a place where they could work, and maybe find that sense of self-worth that we all get from a job well done.
From its humble beginnings in a private garage with only a few volunteer staff and few resources. REACH has grown into the leading non-profit agency that provides employment and services to 142 Klamath Falls residents with 136 of those people receiving a paycheck. In fiscal year 2015/16, REACH paid out 1.95 million dollars in employee compensation and is trending towards 2.3 million in fiscal year 2016/17. With our 108,00 square foot manufacturing facility on Maywood drive providing a financial anchor and a base of operations.
With no signs of slowing down, REACH is continuing to expand and strengthen its current services, as well as the implementation of new programs that will offer a wider range of services to as many individuals in Klamath County.
What Do We Do?
Our mission is to provide productive work, rehabilitation, and training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
Since REACH’s inception, we have operated a secondary wood products mill. The REACH Wood-Mill Utilizes many different types of machinery. Our biggest and most important machine is one-part molder one-part buzz saw dubbed “The Core Machine” used to cut tree cores down to usable lumber. Next is our dehumidifying dry kiln. We then operate five cut-off saws with round tables, one gang rip saw, one single rip saw, one re-saw (band saw), one notcher machine, one hammerhead hog, as well as a panel saw.
- Our lumber is cut out of White Pine or White Fir tree core bought locally 2” x 4” boards and 5/8” x 4” shim.
- The lumber is stacked and placed in a dry kiln for lowering of the moisture content.
- Dried lumber is then pulled out of the kiln, and cut down to size for pallet building at one of our cut saws.
- When needed we will use the gang rip saw, single rip saw for special orders or pocket door frame material.
- We occasionally use our re-saw to process 2” x 4” into 5/8” x 4” shim pieces when needed or for custom material.
- Our panel saw is used to cut two products the first is low-grade siding used to add thickness to custom built runners and the second is cutting door moisture barriers down to size.
When the lumber is finished being processed to size, we then use it to build custom wood products including pallets, runners, panel sizing, or specialty projects. Each order is built to our customers’ specifications down to the last detail. All custom products from start to finish are processed and crafted by our participant personnel with the guidance, job coaching, and supervision of our trained staff.
- We use twelve pallet building stations ranging in sizes and setups.
- we can produce a variety of different sizes of runners using any of our four runner building stations.
- We have one station for the manufacturing of pocket door frames.
- Pallets that are old or broken and in need of a good fix are always done at our rebuilding station.
- Specialty projects are made with either the wood we cut or removed from old pallets and repurposed in items such as the REACH firewood and our REACH Christmas trees.
In 2015 REACH has sold over 200 thousand pallets and runners to local companies.
We have Processed approximately one million board feet of wood per year
OUR WOOD-MILL PARTNERS
Photo from Herald and News - Kurt Liedtke
WORK TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Reach strives to give our participants the knowledge and abilities to gain fulfilling work, and maintain a job out in the community. Partnering with local businesses out in the community, REACH utilizes hands-on training in a paid work environment. We work with each individual participant and their goals to place them in a job that will help them work on and ultimately achieve their goals. REACH will send job coaches to work with each participant and train them for each businesses specification until each participant is well versed on their job, after which our job coaches will start fading and begin periodically checking in on status of each participant.
For our participants who have difficulty, dislike, or cannot work out in community jobs, REACH offers a variety of options which includes; working in the wood mill, working in the recycle department at any of the three locations or joining our day services area (DSA). Each option offers skills training as well as accomplishing individual participant goals. The wood mill and recycle are paid training, whereas the DSA offers paid training jobs if requested. The DSA offers services to all age groups with assorted levels of proficiencies. With a knowledgeable staff with years of experience guiding and teaching our participants. By offering a safe and supported environment to learn life skills, participate in arts and crafts, and improve social skills by interacting with other in camaraderie.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
In 2008, REACH began its’ Recycling services starting with “Secured Document Destruction” which grew to include cardboard, office paper, newspaper, books, and most recently donated returnable cans and bottles. With the emergence of a local recycling processing plant and awareness of REACHs’ recycling operations growing, REACH had the need to expand. In 2016, REACH opened up two more locations in Klamath Falls in order to mitigate the flow of recycled material.
As recycled materials are brought to REACH they are sorted into their respected piles. Then the recycled material will be compressed into bales using a belt-fed baler, each bale ranges from 1500lbs upwards to 2000lbs each. After enough bales have been made they are shipped off to a bigger recycling facility where they will then be processed into reusable materials.
Secured Shred is processed differently than other recyclable materials in that the material is in whole document form containing sensitive customer data. The material is weighed and promptly locked up in recycling bins till it is time for destruction. The customer will then pay a secured shred fee charged at a minimum of $5.00 for 20lbs and under or $.25/lbs. for anything over 20lbs.
In 2015 we have recycled more than 4.8 million pounds of material for Klamath County Residents.
Donated Returnable Cans & Bottles
Donated Returnable Cans & Bottles
Donated Returnable Cans & Bottles
The cost for secure shred is $5.00 minimum or $0.25/Pound.
OUR RECYCLE PARTNERS
Assistant Executive Director
We have a new radio ad that has started playing on KLAD Thursday, March 16th, 2017. We have uploaded it to our youtube site as well as this post. take a listen and tell us what you think by leaving comment here, on youtube, or on facebook.
REAH has two new articles in the Herald and News! The first is an information article updating the community on the status of REACH Inc. and what new projects have been started or are in the works. Namely, our biggest project is working on the new market tax credit program. The second is about the new regulations coming down the pipeline for all sheltered workshops. This change means we at REACH had to change our approach to helping our individuals. There is much more information so check out the article here and leave a comment here or there. The second article is actually an editorial from Herald and News Editorial Board. Its members are Publisher Mark Dobie, Editor Gerry O’Brien and Forum Editor […]
This year REACH has been selling wooden Christmas Trees made out of pallet wood, each tree ranges in sizes from small to large. The children in the featured picture are all decorating our small Christmas trees to their heart’s content. The trees are both a great artistic piece and group decorating activity, as all trees are painted and strung with lights unless otherwise ordered. Being made of both old and new pallet wood each tree is handcrafted in our wood mill off Maywood Dr in Klamath Falls. After the REACH Christmas Trees are assembled they are then sent over to a second location in the Fred Myer Parking lot *Dubbed* “REACH At Freddies” Where they are then painted and given a […]