Several years ago, we began a search for a local resource to help us with some project work and we found ourselves visiting the Indian Creek Foundation/ICF Solutions located in nearby Souderton, Pennsylvania. ICF Solutions, a division of Indian Creek Foundation offers a facility-based work program for residents throughout Montgomery County. Since 1975, the Foundation’s mission is to “provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; to live in and enrich the community throughout their lives.” The foundation also provides supervised housing, life support services as well as behavioral health programs.
Their ICF Solutions division provides onsite training for various jobs that are subcontracted from local businesses, such as Rodon. Types of work include bulk mail processing, product assembly, packaging and sorting. More than 60 local businesses rely on ICF Solutions for these services. The Rodon Group has been working with ICF Solutions since 2012 and is currently utilizing their team to assemble multiple plastic parts for a variety of their customers. The trained workers average 300,000 units per month for Rodon. The workers in the program are assigned tasks based on their ability and they are paid for the work they do.
Within the workshop, one or two staff members oversee the workers at each table which are arranged by job skill and background. ICF Solutions also partners with Thomas Jefferson University occupational therapists who intern to help the workers with various needs and independence goals. As of June, there were approximately 86 individuals involved in the program.
According to Kevin McGrath, vice president of sales and marketing at Rodon “The collaboration with ICF has been invaluable. The assembly services they’ve provided have given us the ability to pursue additional opportunities and markets that we would not have been able to pursue otherwise. We are very thankful to have a local community resource like ICF.”
The Rodon Group is very pleased with their affiliation with ICF Solutions and the Indian Creek Foundation. The organization provides important services and support to individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in paid work, live in a supported environment and be a vital part of our community.