Today’s show was recorded from the campus of NW Works for our conversation with Eric Walker, Vice President of NW Works and Melody Crossway, their Director of Mission & Programs. We talked about the history of NW Works, their mission and the people they serve. Eric told us about the importance of community partnerships with local businesses, industry and service organizations. Melody explained all the different types of programs and services the organization can offer to those same community members. Eric also explained the relationship between Firefly Cafe and NW Works. For more information about the cafe, visit their website: (I’ll be hosting a meetup at the cafe later in February – stay tuned to the station’s Facebook for more details: NW Works’ programs and services are designed to meet the diverse needs of individuals who are 17 years of age or older and have long-term disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, physical challenges, traumatic brain injury, and hearing and vision impairments. They also work with those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), veterans with disabilities, and those with other barriers to employment. NW Works, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves these under-served populations in Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, and other neighboring counties. The mission at NW Works is to enable adults with disabilities and individuals with significant barriers to employment to gain training and secure and sustain meaningful employment. For more information about the organization, visit their website: and follow them on Facebook: You can also support NW Works by donating items from their Amazon wish list – click here for that list.