PRESCOTT, AZ—In yet another new chapter in the 45-year partnership between Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!) and Yavapai Title, Yavapai Title has created Yavapai Title Agency Commitment to Community (YTAC2C), an employee contribution initiative that allows employees to donate a certain amount from each paycheck to YEI!
A grant from the Arizona Community Foundation, designed to allow Fann Contracting to expand its Fann Employees Making a Difference (FEMAD) program to other local companies, like Yavapai Title, made the YTAC2C program possible.
"I feel that our involvement with YEI! has really come full circle!" said Brenda Martinez, committee chair of YTAC2C. "We look forward to further developing our relationship with this wonderful nonprofit for many years to come."
According to YEI! Executive Director Brad Newman, YTAC2C "came at the perfect time" to outfit the 2,200-square-foot addition to YEI! general headquarters on Washington Avenue.
Susan and Keith participate in Ms. Cleary's keyboarding class at
Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!). Through its new
Yavapai Title Agency Commitment to Community Program,
Yavapai Title allows its employees to make contributions to
Yavapai Exceptional Industries. YEI! received the first donation in
April, and used the money to outfit “The Sequel,” the latest addition
to the organization’s headquarters in Prescott.
“The Sequel” houses a variety of programs including keyboarding, pictured here.
The addition, known as "The Sequel," is home to a computer lab, an activity center, a kitchen where nutrition and cooking classes will take place, and ancillary services (such as speech and occupational therapy). Donations from the YTAC2C program will purchase items to outfit these areas, in pursuit of YEI's goal to foster integration and independence of adults with disabilities.
Newman said YEI! and Yavapai Title share a rich history: in 1974, Frank Kelly, founder of Yavapai Title, made his family's Kelly Moving and Storage building on Willis Street available for YEI! use.
YEI! operated there until 1983, creating opportunities for adults with disabilities to contribute to the community and the economy, until an increasing membership forced the organization to find bigger headquarters in a building on Washington Avenue. In addition to those headquarters and the training center at that same location, YEI! occupies training and employment centers in Prescott Valley and North Prescott. Each day, 178 people receive training and employment.
YEI! is a charitable organization founded in 1974 to support adults with disabilities living in the Central Highlands by providing them with job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services. The "Developmental Employment" program at YEI! includes the award-winning "Community Contribution Corps" and has been continually accredited at the highest level of service by the National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1978.
Ed and Lizzy practice their cooking skills in the new kitchen
at “The Sequel,” the new addition to the Yavapai Exceptional
Industries (YEI!) headquarters in Prescott.