Since age 18, Joe Thompson has been working at the Valley Sheltered Workshop in Batavia, a sanctuary for developmentally disabled adults. A dozen adults do small piece work, like stuffing envelopes for local businesses such as Burgess Norton and the Kane County Cougars. Thompson can fold more than 100 boxes into shape in an average workday.
“I like to work,” the 64-year-old said without hesitation. “I like to keep my hands busy.”
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