Supported Employees Program
Since its establishment in 1889 by the Sisters of Mercy, Holy Cross Laundry has been providing employment and training for people who have been disadvantaged in the community.
In the 1970’s the laundry focused on the employment of people with an intellectual disability. Our operational philosophy is based on the following:
Holy Cross Laundry’s workplace and structure are built around the delivery of our Mission. This is demonstrated by:
There seems to be a myth in industry that you cannot employ people with disabilities around heavy machinery because of Workplace Health and Safety concerns. Our experience at Holy Cross Laundry is this is a misconception. Properly designed workplaces that seek solutions can in fact incorporate machinery which reduces risk of workplace injury for all employees. These same strategies provide support rather than presenting danger to people with a disability.