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Milford’s Kent-Sussex Industries Inc.: Job Training for Adults with Disabilities

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Deborah Hrupsa  works on a toner cartridge  for a computer printer.

Each year, Kent-Sussex Industries Inc. helps nearly 300 adults with disabilities receive the rehabilitation and training they need to find jobs. The Milford-based nonprofit provides vocational evaluations, job placements and even round-trip transportation for its participants. 

KSI’s mission is “to assist people with disabilities in their pursuit of their potential in employment and meaningful participation in their communities.” Participants from Kent and Sussex counties learn necessary job skills. They also gain confidence, as well as the opportunity to become more independent, says Alicia Hollis, director of community relations. 

“I encourage people to come here and see all of the different things that fit together that help this agency provide a quality day to a person with a disability,” says Hollis.

KSI was founded in 1962 as the Golden Opportunity Center in Camden. In 1985, the main facility and four satellite locations were consolidated at the 77,000-square-foot Milford plant.

Local businesses like Kraft Foods and Procter & Gamble have contracted with KSI work crews. KSI’s crews run production lines, salvage operations and provide general labor and project management.

KSI also runs a co-packing business with seven production lines that offer services like shrink-wrapping, assembling, hole punching, labeling, bulk mailing and the packaging of small items. KSI also re-manufactures toner cartridges for computer printers. (ksiinc.org)

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