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.
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 $.40/lbs. for anything over 20lbs.
In 2019, With financial support from Klamath County REACH was able to acquire and install the sort line. As recycled materials are brought to REACH they are loaded onto the conveyor belt and then subsequently sorted into their respected piles. When the piles fill up with enough material it will be produced into a bale and eventually sent to a bigger recycling facility to start the full recycle process.
We would like to thank the Commissioners, Waste Management, and Klamath County Solid Waste for their support throughout the project. REACH looks forward to working with these great community partners as we move into the future.
Donated Returnable Cans & Bottles
Secured Shred (2 Bags/Boxs maximum)
Office Paper (2 Bags/Boxs maximum)
Newspaper (2 Bags/Boxs maximum)
Donated Returnable Cans & Bottles (2 Bags maximum)
The cost for secure shred is $5.00 minimum or $0.40/Pound.
OUR RECYCLE PARTNERS
Assistant Executive Director
Director of Community Outreach
Assitant Services Director
Participant Care Manager
Program Development Manager
Participant Care Manager
Ask Klamath presented by Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union will feature Ron Moe this Wednesday. Ron Moe from REACH Inc Klamath Falls will be in studio taking your questions on Ask Klamath. They will be discussing what REACH is, what they do, and the new recycling program. Plus we will take your questions LIVE during the show. If you have a question you would like to ask Ron Click Here for a Facebook link and ask in the comment section. The episode will broadcast on Facebook Live, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 6:00 PM from the Klamath Falls News Studios in downtown Klamath Falls. Learn more about this upcoming show and to watch previous episodes visit www.AskKlamath.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5-21-19 REACH Inc Recycle Sort Line near completion From its beginning, in 1987, REACH has strived to make a positive impact in the Klamath Community. When our Executive Team realized that Klamath Falls had a problem with its Recycle Program, we began working with community and business leaders to carve out a solution. A task force led by REACH, invested two years into research and development to provide a solution for the growing curbside recycle problem. Klamath Falls OR REACH is only weeks away from opening its Recycle Sort Line, located inside our Maywood Drive Facility. The Sort Line will allow REACH to capture around 65 percent of the Basin’s recyclable items and package them into more marketable formats. This new service […]
REACH Inc. has acquired and installed a brand new Pallet Grinder for our wood mill facility. This new pallet grinder is able to “eat” thoroughly and completely grind whole or partial pallets. This will then turn them into wood chips in a single pass. while utilizing several powerful magnets to pull nails and other metallic objects from the material. Employing the pallet grinder into our workflow, REACH can decrease the amount of time it takes to dismantle old broken pallets and other wood with nails. Previously REACH would manually tear apart pallets and pull nails from the lumber, often needing to cut around hard to remove nails. Which then have to be disposed of. The previous hog was not equipped to handle nails. […]