1311 Carlton Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
|Primary Contact||Chuck McElroy|
|Executive Director||Chuck McElroy|
|Primary Focus Area||Special Needs/Disabled|
The mission of WorkSource Enterprises is to secure employment and support services that enable individuals with vocational disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independence and full participation in the community.
WorkSource Enterprises is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1967. WorkSource provides job training, employment opportunities and support services for persons with disabilities.
WorkSource serves approximately 250 local citizens in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties.
WorkSource is governed by a Board of Directors of eight individuals and operates on an annual budget of $2 million, with a staff of 20. Funding comes from fees for services, sales of commercial goods and services, grants and contributions. Management and general expenses as a percentage of total public support and revenue were 16.6% for the year ended June 30, 2020.
While those with intellectual disabilities are the largest group served by WorkSource, those with learning disabilities and mental illness also represent a large percentage of the client base. Others served include special education students, individuals with autism, sensory impairments and traumatic brain injuries, as well as former substance abusers.
Its original program was on on-site workshop that performed assembly, packaging and mailing services for regional firms. Due in large part to federal regulations that prohibited “sheltered” employment as a vocational goal, the operation was closed in August of 2017.
For 26 years, WorkSource owned and operated BreadWorks Bakery & Deli. Persons with disabilities were involved in all aspects of the operation. Delicious breads, rolls, muffins, scones, cookies, pies, cakes, soups, salads and sandwiches were sold on a retail and wholesale basis. Due largely to a dramatic drop in sales attributable to COVID-19, BreadWorks closed in late September of 2020.
WorkSource programs and services are accredited by CARF – the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. WorkSource is licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and is an approved vendor for the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. It is an active member of the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs, also known as vaACCSES. WorkSource staff members are active in various professional and civic organizations.