Work Centers

Serving individuals with developmental disabilities – including but not limited to, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, neurological impairment, Autism, Mental Illness and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – North Star Industries’ work centers serve as stepping stones for individuals striving to transition and integrate into their communities. As a people-first organization, North Star Industries strives to provide employment opportunities that include individualized job training so learned skills can eventually be transferred to work opportunities in the future. Alongside the broad set of skills individuals gain through participation in Citizen Advocates’ work centers, our vocational services also provide participants with a sense of dignity as valuable and contributing members of society.

A Stepping Stone toward Community Integration

North Star Industries assesses each individual participant’s cognitive and physical abilities in order to provide the fundamentals required to function in the workplace before evolving to more refined and advanced job skills, such as how to run a band saw utilizing a jig to make an Adirondack chair or managing a cash register. Many participants in the work centers not only rely on the wages they earn through Citizen Advocates’ vocational services, but they also look forward to the daily interactions they have with customers, co-workers, and others who serve to make the work experience a meaningful one. The opportunities offered have a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals searching for a meaningful place within their communities.

Serving Developmental Disabilities in Franklin County

Located in both northern and southern Franklin County, our work centers are funded through a variety of local, state and federal funding sources. Citizen Advocates itself owns several community businesses that operate through its work centers and serve the needs of those with the disabilities listed above. These businesses include the HHOTT House, Adirondack Wood Furnishings, Adirondack Micrographics and NICKELS redemption centers. Contact us today at 518.483.1250 in Malone or 518.891.2590 in Saranac Lake for more information.

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