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ABOUT THE ST. JOE COMMUNITY CO-OP

St. Joe Community Co-Op is a member owned co-operative. Our members have received skill training or other services and are active employees that work weekly. We are a community-based organization, with our own Board of Directors (elected by members) and look to others in the community, (i.e. business leaders, etc.) to serve as advisors, on occasion.

St. Joe Community Co-op devotes all of its resources to developing, supporting and maintaining our workforce. Our Members are encouraged and supported in pursuing employment opportunities outside the Co-op within their community. We provide quality, value-added services to both our members and customers. As we compete with others in the marketplace, we require our members to actively participate in a working and learning environment so they remain competitive.

Member services the St. Joe Community Co-op provides on-the-job training and employment opportunities in a supportive, team-oriented environment that reinforces positive work performance and attitudes. Training in assembly, packaging/kitting, processing materials, janitorial, material handling and quality assurance, all leading to better employment, are among the opportunities offered by the St. Joe Community Co-op.

Hulda's Household Helpers, a division of the St. Joe Community Co-op, provides services to individuals in need of assistance in various home services, including services to those individuals wanting to remain independent in their community. Services include chores, such as housekeeping, assistance with shopping, cooking; community activities like CLS, and Respite, etc. Hulda's provides services to private pay individuals, insurance companies and contracts with various governmental agencies, such as Area Agency on Aging; St. Joe County Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services; and the Michigan Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Labeling Products. Assembling


ST. JOE COMMUNITY CO-OP VALUES

SELF-DETERMINATION Everything that we do will reflect the wants, needs and desires of our membership, thus preserving our basic right to Self-Determination.

FREEDOM for members to make their own choices about participation in the Co-op

AUTHORITY for members to be the primary decision makers about the entire range of issues affecting the Co-op from administration of internal policies to the delivery of services, both to customers and Co-op members.

SUPPORT for members to accomplish their employment goals and provide access to employment opportunities and community inclusion for everyone while focusing on what members can do rather than what they cannot.

RESPONSIBILITY for Co-op members to each other to do their part to achieve goals, meet deadlines and conscientiously govern the organization's performance.

CONFIRMATION that work performed at the Co-op is a meaningful activity that adds value and results in real wages or opportunities to obtain employment in a competitive environment within their community.


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ST. JOE COMMUNITY CO-OP MISSION

TO PROVIDE QUALITY, VALUE -ADDED GOODS AND SERVICES TO OUR CUSTOMERS, WHILE EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

Re-labeling products for a customer. Members packing auto parts on-site.

FAQ's

WHAT IS A PRODUCTION FACILITY?
The production facility is one of many sites where the St. Joe Community Co-op operates. The production facility houses various assembly, packaging and material processing operations for the Co-op's clients. In addition to jobs at the production facility, Co-op members and Core workers perform work at many different locations within the community, including a contract with a large Fortune 500 Company, providing staffing for their recycling facility and a janitorial crew for their main facility.

WHAT IS SELF DETERMINATION?
Self-Determination is the basic right of every individual to make choices about his/her life. Many people across the nation who are concerned about people with disabilities are fighting to make sure that everyone gets to make choices about their life, and make those choices happen.

HOW DO I DO BUSINESS WITH THE CO-OP?
The Co-op is always looking for new customers and new ways to serve their members. Please call (269) 659-4525 to inquire about opportunities to partner with the Co-op.

WHEN DID THE CO-OP START?
The Co-op started providing services on March 1st of 2006. The official grand opening of the Co-op was held at the original S. Jefferson St. location, in Sturgis, on June 16, 2006. We are now at 501 W. Lafayette St., Sturgis, MI.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CO-OP?
The Co-op frequently has employment opportunities. If you are over the age of 18, stop in, pick up an application, and return the completed app to find out about opportunities currently available. Co-op members can work and receive on-the-job training at the production facility and are encouraged to find more permanent jobs within the community. Co-op members are responsible for governing the Co-op. Duties include participating in board meetings, voting on Co-op rules and work scheduling.



"The purpose of life is not to be happy —
but to matter, to be productive, to be useful,
to have it make some difference
that you have lived at all."

~Leo Rosten (1908 - 1997)