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Continue support for sheltered workshop

For 28 years, the voters of Hancock County have supported the operations of the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop through the passage of an operational levy.

The levy, which provides $250,000 each year to the workshop, is up for renewal this year, and we encourage that support to continue.

The Hancock County Sheltered Workshop has been open since the late 1950s, providing opportunities for county residents with disabilities through training in various life skills such as financial management, cooking and grocery shopping. In more recent years, the workshop has provided job opportunities through its commercial laundry services.

Transportation to and from their homes also is provided.

All of this work is focused on allowing the workshop’s clients to be as independent as possible, and to know they are valued parts of the local community.

As with many segments of our society, the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop has been affected this year by the COVID pandemic, meaning the continued support for the levy is even more important than ever.

It must be approved by at least a 60 percent vote in order to continue. With that in mind, we urge Hancock County residents to get out and vote “For” the continuation of this levy.

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