Originally Posted by capnwes
Do you have any idea how much 22 cents an hour is for a 40 hour week? Or how much a prescription costs for treatment of, let's say, epilipsy, and how much the patient has to pay out of pocket even with government aid?
My son brings home about $110 every 2 weeks in a sheltered workshop. He worked up to that. Transport is $80 per 2 weeks.
I pay $410 a month for him to work there.
Truth be told, I'd pay double because he loves going to work and being with the people there.
In any large organization you will find problems. Probably even more so with a franchise system like GW where each is run FOR profit. With essentially $0 COGS, staff and buildings are the only real expense.
Whoever made the point about benefits is accurate. If you have assets if $1800 or more, you can lose your Medicaid, which means you also lose your SSI.
As to the income, SS sends a survey very 6 months requiring rent, income, etc to determine the level of support.
All in all, GW is a positive for disabled people.
As with anything, money is the answer, what was the question?
GW is a fundraiser, used clothing is their path to funding. If they thought they could make more money for their causes by selling mint toothpicks, you would see stores sold while they optimized for selling toothpicks.
There are some differences between charities ( some are idealogically driven..knights of Columbus, Sierra club, etc), but money is still the answer for them too....