Alliance Industries, the 2021 Duesy Awards Non-Profit of the Year
To provide employment for people with disabilities in a supportive environment.
In the 1950's, there was no place for parents to find education and work experiences for their children with disabilities of DeKalb County.
Parents started a school for disabled children with the help of people in the community. By 1957, the DCARC had 9 students and, within 2 years, had grown to 25 students. Additional space became necessary.
In 1963, the community had raised the funds to fill another need, and that was giving each individual hands-on work experience. It was through this that Wee Haven Workshop was formed.
Over the years, the need for the school declined as public schools began accepting disabled children into their special education classes. In 1997, with our continued growth through the focus on workforce development, another expansion became apparent. In August of that year, building expansion and renovation was completed, and the employees chose our new name, Alliance Industries.
Currently, we are in the midst of yet another expansion as our participation in the local economy has grown and diversified.
Lili Hand has been our Executive Director for 19 years.
Our staff is a vital part of our job skills training.
Our Board of Directors is essential in establishing policies and in fundraising.
“Alliance Industries benefits individuals and families in DeKalb County by providing a stable, supportive work environment for people with disabilities and providing a needs-based support system.”
“When donors are making investments in a business or charitable organization, they look for the same things; a strong leadership team with vision, a good plan, efficiency, the ability to execute and deliver results and a mission that can change the world. Alliance Industries has the whole package.”