About Creative Work Systems

Creative Work Systems (CWS) has been helping Mainers with disabilities since 1967. We have grown significantly over the past four decades and now support hundreds of people each year and employ a staff of nearly 300 people.

Board of Directors

Edward McGeachey, President
Jim Houle, Vice President
Jim Harrison, Vice President
Sam Marcisso, Treasurer
Denise Dix
Robert Rague

Mission Statement

Creative Work Systems helps people with cognitive, physical and psychiatric disabilities increase self-sufficiency through employment, independent living support, personal skills development, and social/interpersonal opportunities. CWS diminishes the social, cultural, employment, attitudinal and physical barriers that impede participation in community life. CWS provides these services in the least restrictive, most cost-effective manner possible. Satisfying the consumer is paramount at Creative Work Systems, and whenever necessary, services are modified to achieve this goal.

Central to each and every CWS program is the understanding that all people have a valuable contribution to make to each other and to society. By combining this understanding with a standard of excellence throughout all CWS programs, we can make a positive and significant difference both for individuals and for the community.

Core Values

RESPECT
We recognize and appreciate the value of each individual.

COMMITMENT
We resolve to keep our promises.

OPTIMISM
Challenges are an opportunity to ask “Why not?”

INTEGRITY
We can be trusted to honor our commitments.

CREATIVITY
We believe in the uncontained access to innovative and effective possibilities.

Guiding Principles for our Culture of Mutual Respect & Kindness

I will:
hold people ABLE
assume BEST INTENT
offer SOLUTIONS
ACCEPT responsibility
remain OPEN to FEEDBACK
appreciate UNIQUE abilities

History

Creative Work Systems (CWS) is a comprehensive not-for-profit rehabilitation agency, serving the diverse and wide ranging needs of persons with disabilities. CWS developed from an association founded in 1967 by parents to provide education and training for their children with disabilities. In the ensuing years, the organization has evolved from serving children to serving adults, but has maintained the community-based grassroots spirit on which it was founded.

Originally located in the Biddeford/Saco area, CWS has expanded its service to include offices in Portland and Auburn. CWS programs and services provide assistance to over 250 people daily. These services include employment in area businesses as well as CWS owned businesses; residential support; independent and group living; and personal development through comprehensive community services.

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