The Newsletter of the Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers and Missouri Employment Supports and Advocacy

Lafayette Video Illustrates Larger Workshop Story

A visit by the St. Louis County executive director resulted in great dialogue and much more. Read More.

April MASWM Meeting Cancelled

By unanimous vote, the MASWM-MESA Board of Directors has cancelled the April 6-8 meeting at Lodge of the Four Seasons. Read More

Competitive Employment: An Important Opportunity

Competitive integrated employment is a significant work option with several workshops, including Vocational Services, Inc., in Kansas City's Northland. Read More.

District 3 Schedules Area Meetings

As MASWM's area meetings continue, District 3 has taken the popular sessions to a new level with several planned for 2020. Read More.

District 9 Plans Area Meeting March 25

The St. Louis area district is planning its own meeting March 25 and it, too, is open to any manager who finds the time or location useful. Read More.

MASWM-MESA Represented on Missouri Governor's Council

Executive Director Katie Jones helps keep managers informed and the group represented with this important state organization. Read More.

Workshop Manager Takes Time for Missouri State Council

Mike Frazier, manager of SWI Webster County (formerly Web-Co Industries), has volunteered to represent workshops on the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC). Read More.

January Training Expands MASWM Benefits

With the outstanding Legislative breakfast and other activities involving Missouri leaders, several training sessions at the January meeting might have been overlooked. That would be a mistake! Read More.

Member Resources Continue to Grow

New managers are receiving a welcome package in the form of must-have info about workshops and related services. Even veterans might find a thing or two worth knowing. Read More.

New Services Launched
To Expand Employment in Callaway County

Employees at Callaway County Extended Employment are excited to open their new commercial laundry facility. Located in Fulton, the operation will increase job opportunities for people with disabilities, notes Manager Rodney Shivers.

Workshop's Parent Organization Earns Honor

Project CU's affiliate Challenge Unlimited recently earned major recognition. Read More.

Job One Adds New Braided Service

Job One in Independence recently added a new employment-focused day program. Read More.

JSI Shares Its Workshop Story with Missouri Representatives

The workshop in Arnold hosted three state representatives over three visits, helping to illustrate some of the surprising features of workshops and their services. Read More.

Manager's Retirement Helps Illustrate a Widespread Story

All too often, workshop staff members and even managers are not adequately recognized for all the work they do. Read More.

Jeff City Impacted by Coronavirus

New managers are receiving a welcome package in the form of must-have info about workshops and related services. Even veterans might find a thing or two worth knowing. Read More.

State Rep Visits Poplar Bluff

Representative Jeff Shawan recently visited Manufacturers Assistance Group in Poplar Bluff to observe the employees performing their daily tasks, speak with employees about their jobs and tour the sheltered workshop. Rep. Shawan was impressed with the work being done and expressed support for sheltered workshops.

Specialty Industries Faces Busy Schedule

Everything from celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs to recognizing contributions by those with disabilities have been on tap for this St. Joseph workshop. Read More.

Valley Industries Thrift Store Shows Big Effort

This Hazelwood workshop was recently recognized for its Thrift Store. An outstanding feature article in a regional publication tells a story that many workshops see, too. Read More.

State Leaders Visit Newly Renamed Webster County Workshop

Now operating as SWI Webster County, the Marshfield workshop was recently visited by two state representatives for a Valentine's Day tour. Read More.

MASWM The Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers
If you have questions, please contact:
Executive Director Katie Jones, – (314) 369-5244 or
President Aaron Martin – (816) 796-7070 or;
or Legislative Chair Kit Brewer – (314) 647-3300 or