Restoration Project is an award-winning, nonprofit vocational rehabilitation program. We teach traditional methods of furniture restoration to adults with mental illness, head injuries, and at-risk adolescents.
We teach participants to refinish and upholster furniture to build the confidence and work habits needed for success. Since 1992, over 200 individuals have worked at Restoration Project. Over seventy percent (70%) are currently employed, which represents years of employment for some.
We are a grassroots organization that relies on the generosity of its supporters. Together, we work to help our participants to accomplish a truly unique goal — to enjoy meaningful, fulfilling and self-sustaining lives.
Recovery and Reintegration. At Restoration Project, mentally ill and head injured adults are recognized as unique populations who require meaningful employment as part of their recovery. By providing a creative, fulfilling endeavor set in a congenial atmosphere, an apprenticeship with Restoration Project challenges and nurtures their abilities. The tasks they perform must match their abilities in order to improve self-esteem.
Recovery is possible. With new medications and rehabilitative services, like Restoration Project, people with mental illness and head injuries can return to lives that are satisfying, hopeful and contributing.
Recovery is unique for each person. It requires choices and support of allies, including the community. Work is part of the recovery process, as is laughter and success.
People of all disabilities are beneficial to each person and the community. The goal of rehabilitation is reintegration. Education and participation of the community are vital for success.