Featured Member: Spectrum Works

Spectrum Works

100 Dorigo Lane

Secaucus, NJ 07094

www.spectrumworks.org

 

Services: Nonprofit Screen Printing Company

Executive: Ann Marie Sullivan, CEO

Year Founded: 2013

Number of Employees: 15

Organizational Background:

Spectrum Works is a Secaucus nonprofit screen printing & promotional products company that employs individuals with autism, empowering them with the confidence and skills needed to achieve a sense of independence, purpose and pride.

Spectrum Works currently employs 15 individuals with autism. Simply purchase our high quality, competitively priced products and create hope for a brighter future. Spectrum’s approach is unique in that it incorporates individuals with autism into the workforce of a successful company, pays them a competitive wage and provides opportunities for advancement.

Spectrum Works’ employees sell, consult with clients, design, and produce the products under the supervision of industry professionals. This innovative employment model is funded by income generated from the sale of screen printed apparel and promotional products.

The goal is be financially self-sustaining from the sale of goods by 2016 and from there to roll out the program to other states.

What They Do:

Spectrum Works is a Secaucus nonprofit screen printing & promotional products company that employs individuals with autism. Your company can “do good” without sacrificing quality and the bottom line: simply purchase products that you would have purchased anyway and help raise awareness that individuals with autism can work and create amazing things they just need opportunities.

You can help us reach our goal to employ 25 individuals with autism this year by simply purchasing products that you would have purchased anyway. Quality is guaranteed as Spectrum utilizes the infrastructure of Green Distribution (one of the largest screen print companies on the East Coast with a large customer-base including Disney, Harley Davidson and Universal Music). This relationship enables Spectrum Works to produce high quality, competitively priced items while giving individuals with autism the opportunity to work along-side neurotypical coworkers. Spectrum Works also sells promotional products.

Business Goals & Objectives:

The goal is to employ 25 individuals with autism this year and to be financially self-sustaining from the sale of goods by the end of 2016. Businesses in the Meadowlands area (and beyond) can help us reach this goal just by purchasing products they would have purchased anyway.

Ultimately, the goal of Spectrum Works goes beyond paychecks and sustainability—it’s about raising awareness that individuals with autism can work and contribute to society.

Growth Strategy

Spectrum Works aims to increase self-sufficiency for its employees with autism and to attain financial sustainability for the organization through the sale of products created by its workforce. In order to accomplish this, Spectrum establishes nonprofit social enterprises with supportive work environments. The goal of each is to create employment, provide job training, generate revenue and ultimately achieve financial sustainability through the sale of products and services.

Spectrum aims to be financially self-sustaining from the sale of screen printing & promotional items by 2016. Once financial sustainability is attained with its first social enterprise with a record of success, Spectrum will set up additional enterprises and then replicate the model across the United States creating sustainable impact.

Our partner, Green Distribution has recently opened a screen printing facility in Virginia and Spectrum Works plans to open a program there by the end of 2016.

More About Products & Services

Spectrum Works manufactures high quality, competitively priced screen printed apparel in a 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Secaucus. Apparel is created with the assistance of individuals with autism.
Spectrum Works is the manufacturer’s representative for hundreds of suppliers and sells thousands of various types of promotional items.

Business Edge & Competitiveness

Purchasing products from Spectrum Works provides an inspiring way for your company to support employment for individuals with autism—without sacrificing quality and the bottom line. Simply purchase products that you would have purchased anyway, and create hope for a brighter future for individuals with autism.

For additional impact, the items can be tagged with Spectrum Works story which could help increase your company’s image as a socially responsible organization.

Client Portfolio

Clients include the following: Town of Secaucus, Cisco, The United Nations, Marriott, Embassy Suites, The Rainforest Alliance, Township of North Bergen, Jewel Electric, schools, many state government divisions and nonprofit organizations.

Stories & Videos:

You can view videos and learn more about how Spectrum Works is changing lives and providing employment to empower individuals with autism: spectrumworks.org/stories-videos/

Stats About Autism:
• 1 in 68 children in the U.S. has autism
• Over 2 million individuals in the U.S. have autism
• Autism costs the United States $126 billion per year
• Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
• Approximately 80 percent of individuals with autism are unemployed or underemployed

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