Mission Statement

Palouse Industries will provide education, training, and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities residing in Whitman and Latah Counties in order to assist them to attain their highest possible socioeconomic level in the community.

Purpose Statement

Palouse Industries serves as a model for areas businesses and service providers to see children and adults with special needs as contributing members of our society. Ideally, Palouse Industries strives for the day when supports will be available in each preschool, business, public agency, and charitable organization that would sufficiently serve the needs of people with disabilities. Until then we are at the service of our community, state, local municipalities and families.

Program Managers

Contact icon for Eric
Executive Director
(509) 332-6561

Contact icon for Thelma
Business Manager
(509) 332-6561

Contact icon for Sue
Director of Children and Family Services
(509) 332-4420

Contact icon for Teresa
Employment Services Coordinator
(509) 332-6561

Adults with Disabilities

Our pre-employment and employment programs have several admission requirements. Each customer must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for services.

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age, unless you have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from your school district that authorizes vocational training or employment as part of your academic program.
  2. You must have a documented physical and/or mental disability.
  3. You must be financially sponsored for service by a state agency, such as the Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WDVR), or Whitman County Developmental Services. (Other local, state, or federal funding may be accepted. See the Program Manager for details)
  4. You must express a desire to participate in programming. All Palouse Industries services are voluntary.
  5. You must be free of substance use or have successfully completed a certified substance abuse rehabilitation program prior to being served by Palouse Industries.
  6. If you have a psychological, emotional, or seizure disorder it must be stabilized, through medication, or therapy, so we can reasonably anticipate for you to benefit from our services and make progress towards your vocational goals.
  7. You must have at least, minimal personal hygiene skills to utilize the restrooms independently. If personal care assistance is occasionally needed, our staff can help.
  8. You must be free from violent behavior at work or school, so other participants and staff can work in an environment that is free from hostility, abusive, or intimidating work behavior.
  9. You must have a written authorization outlining services and confirming funding support.
  10. Recommendation for admission or denial of service is made by the Program Manager to the Executive Director. Final decision of admission is made by the Executive Director.

For more information please contact Eric Hoyle.

Ineligible? If you have been found ineligible for services, you will be informed in writing as to the reasons why you are ineligible. In addition, our staff will offer you alternative resources and information to assist you with your needs. You may appeal a decision utilizing the Complaint/Grievance Process found in your introductory materials.

Supported in part by United Way

United Way