Mount Rogers Community Services operates Mount Rogers Industrial & Development Center (IDC). Mount Rogers IDC is committed to providing employment opportunities and day support services for individuals with disabilities. The IDC serves approximately 350 individuals daily across 3 location.
Mount Rogers IDC provides:
- Employment and day support services for persons with disabilities
- Products for the federal government and promotional industries
- Manufacturing services for commercial businesses and industries
- Operates three locations and serves approximately 350 people each day.
The following principles will be used to guide us in our efforts to meet our mission:
- We promote a system that enhances self-determination and empowerment of people served.
- We value building relationships as a basis for achieving growth.
- We commit ourselves to the pursuit of continuous quality improvement.
- We will be accountable for the efficient use of our resources.
The initial program – Mount Rogers Sheltered Workshop – was started in Marion, Virginia, in 1975 to serve residents of Bland, Smyth, and Wythe Counties. Ongoing growth resulted in the establishment of additional facilities in Woodlawn and Wytheville to serve residents of Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax. In 1981, the name was changed to Industrial and Developmental Center (IDC).
The IDC has been successful in partnering with local businesses to provide job opportunities within the Centers and in the acquisition of contracts to manufacture products for the federal government. In addition, the IDC provides support to persons in job placement, training, and follow-along services for jobs in their home communities.
Since its inception, the IDC has achieved the necessary accreditation/licensure and met all regulatory standards associated with the provision of rehabilitation services, the manufacture of products, and the provision of contract labor. At the outset, the IDC received a Department of Labor Wage/Hour certificate, which has been maintained since. Its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) was achieved in 1986, with Licensure from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, ISO 9001:2008 registration, and Federal Drug Administration registration following. Annual audits of the IDC’s Day Support Program are conducted by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance, with satisfactory results.
In 1986, the IDC started the manufacture of the first JWOD (Javits-Wagner-O’Day) product with a contract with Defense Personnel Support Center (DPSC) for Personal Effects (PE) Bags. The name JWOD was changed to AbilityOne in 2007, and the IDC continues to produce AbilityOne products for the federal government, such as Men’s Handkerchiefs, Helmet Covers, PE bags, and Sleeping Shirts for the United States Army; wiping cloths for the U.S. Navy; and coin bags for the Federal Mint.
The IDC has been successful in acquiring supplemental funding to support the services provided during its long history. Funding grants for equipment, vehicles, staffing, and training have been acquired from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and NISH. A primary funding source since 2001, DRPT has provided for the purchase of twenty-two (22) wheelchair-lift equipped vehicles.
Currently the IDC operates three facilities – in Atkins, Wytheville, and Hillsville, Virginia – and serves more than 300 individuals with disabilities. Services provided include Employment Services, Prevocational Services, and Day Support Services. In February, 2009, MRCSB held a “kickoff “for leadership staff on Becoming a Person-Centered Organization, thus building on processes that are working to support and expand the implementation of person-centered practices.