(Beaver Dam) A local non-profit is celebrating its long-standing tradition of supporting those with special needs throughout Dodge County. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Green Valley Enterprises. The Beaver Dam-based organization is a multi-faceted agency that works with hundreds of families offering, among other things, pre-vocational training and other work-related services. Dell Winning started working at Green Valley during its second year in operation. Considered to be the non-profits resident historian, Winning explained for us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment how the group got its start. He says in 1968, a group of community leaders wanted to get a group together that would aid those with disabilities gain work experience. Winning says the non-profit was first called “Dodge County Sheltered Workshop” and began as a production facility doing a wide variety of contract work. He says in 1970 they built a new home that brought with it a name change. Winning says they built a new building on Green Valley Road in Beaver Dam and later changed their name to better reflect their business. He says the name change made it easier for sales reps to call on local businesses to get contract work. Green Valley Enterprises will be holding an open house during the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours in March. There will be tours of their Madison Street facility, giveaways, raffles, food and special presenters to discuss the history of the organization.
Pictured above left to right: Birth-To-Three Manager Kathy Clark, Historian Del Winning and Executive Director Brian Jacobson