Being part of a community is about so much more than where you live. It’s about learning and growing together to make the place we call home better for everyone.
At Black Hills Works, adults with disabilities are receiving the support they need to become integral members of our community. Through residential support, community activities and day service programs, they can live their best lives as neighbors, employees, friends, volunteers, artists, athletes and leaders.
Learn more about Black Hills Works, the 600 people that they support and the tremendous impact it is making in our community!
Overcoming life’s obstacles – together
The team at Black Hills Works not only helps adults with disabilities conquer everyday challenges – they are also there to cheer during victories and help through difficult times. As a person supported by Black Hills Works, Bonnie Barnhart received the assistance she needed to gain confidence in her abilities and pursue her goal of walking again. “I’ve made a lot of progress. There are so many angels at Black Hills Works,” Bonnie explains.
Advocating for a better tomorrow
Taking a stand for adults with disabilities everywhere, Bonnie traveled to Washington D.C. to discuss the critical need for adequate support for community service providers like Black Hills Works. This act is consistent with Black Hills Works’ mission of being part of the community, not just in the community. In keeping with this mission, the entire Black Hills Works family prioritizes community work and volunteering in order to help everyone reach their goals and realize their dreams, regardless of their abilities.
Developing lasting relationships
“Black Hills Works is my family,” Bonnie shares. “Everyone here is a friend; they are my family.” Bonnie’s statement echoes the sentiments of not only other people supported, but of the staff that helps them live life fully each day. For the Black Hills Works team, going to work is about much more than collecting a paycheck – it’s about building connections in a rewarding career that improves the lives of all involved.
Providing creative outlets
Black Hills Works also offers platforms for actors and artists of all abilities to grow and create together.
Founded in 2008, Flutter Productions celebrates the human spirit as performers – both with and without disabilities – show off their artistic flair on the stage. Flutter Productions not only offers performances that make for a special night out on the town, but also provides acting classes and camps that are open to all members of the community.
The Suzie Cappa Art Center, nestled in downtown Rapid City, houses artwork created by over 20 full-time artists of all abilities in a variety of mediums. Self-guided, walk-through tours are available of the non-profit art studio and gallery, and original pieces can be purchased. Proceeds from donations and sales all go back into funding so that the artists can continue to pursue their dreams.
Supplying gainful employment opportunities
Earning an income provides a sense of pride and independence to the people supported by Black Hills Works, with nearly half of those supported being employed throughout our community. Bonnie, who works for Lesli Pond, a secretary for Black Hills Works in its Community Support Services department, appreciates the opportunity, which shines through in her work performance. “Bonnie has a great work ethic,” said Lesli. “She is dependable, detailed and overall a great co-worker. She has a smile and a friendly word for everyone that she comes in contact with.”
The Black Hills Works family also provides jobs for people supported through EchoWorks, an electronics recycling service, and Unique Auto Grooming, a professional-grade detailing company.
How can you help create a community where everyone participates to live a life of full potential? There are multiple ways to be a part of Black Hills Works!
No matter if you're a business owner with a job opening, looking for a way to give your time or finances, or just want to make a difference in someone's life, there's a place for you. At Black Hills Works, there are many ways to create opportunities for those we support.
Looking for a career with Black Hills Works? In addition to a work environment that is rewarding, encouraging and fun, you will earn a competitive wage and an exceptional benefits package that includes health, vision and dental benefits, 23 paid days off in your first year of employment, 401k match up to 5% and much more!