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An Extraordinary Vision Remains An Extraordinary Mission

hand-icon1Over 50 years ago, a dedicated group of parents gathered with a vision. That vision became the mission to give individuals with special needs a purpose….providing meaningful work was their answer! The vision, hope and passion of those parents is the cornerstone of what we do today at Handi-Crafters.

hc-history3Handi-Crafters was founded in 1961 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania by a group of parents who were seeking a direction in life after high school for their differently-abled children.

The committee was forward thinking and concentrated on establishing the concept around meaningful work and employment, a crucial void in the lives of their children given they would leave school without any work-related skills and seemed destined to be cut off from the opportunity of becoming employed. Thus, the vision of a supported workshop program was opened and serving Chester County.

hc-history2Since we began, our mission has remained consistent. Our primary goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of our clients by helping them overcome their obstacles to entering the workplace, so they can find their highest level of productive employment and financial independence.

Perhaps most important of all, their daily acceptance into a social and work environment gives them a sense of self-esteem and a life with meaning and purpose.


To learn more about Hand-Crafters please contact us for more information. We invite you to come in and take a tour and learn more about our programs and benefits.

Empowering individuals with disabilities to lead more independent, productive and fulfilling lives.


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