Greenelight Workforce was founded by Charisse Ali in October, 2007. Charisse has many years experience working in social service, mental health, and disability fields. Through her experiences she found a need for adults with disabilities to be given opportunities for meaningful, professional employment.
All employees earn at least minimum wage which in Ohio is $8.10/hr. Most sheltered workshops apply for the Handicapped Minimum Wage Law, which allows businesses to pay disabled employees a piece rate or a lesser hourly rate. Prior to working at Greenelight, most of our employees were making less than $1.50/hr. Some of our most valuable employees were making less than $1.00/hr. Our full-time employees typically receive a paycheck for $231 every two weeks.
Anyone who has been touched by a disability knows that the disability does not make the person. Our employees are all individual and unique. Some enjoy assembly, others enjoy computers, some are interested in graphic design while others enjoy designing and creating jewelry, many enjoy janitorial work. We are committed to providing a wide range of job opportunities based on the interests of our employees.
Our employees are adults. Having a disability does not forever make you a child. As such we do not transport our employees in school buses. Our office is not a daycare or activities center. Each employee has a desk, leather chair, lamp, and other amenities that provide for an office atmosphere. We have a break room as well as a conference/lunch room.