Organizational History of Reliable Enterprises

  • 1977

    Organization is incorporated in September as the Lewis County Prevocational Center by a group of local citizens who were concerned about the welfare of adults with disabilities. Working out of a garage, the beginning programs provided training in basic socialization skills for individuals coming out of institutions.

  • 1978

    Lewis County Prevocational Services moves to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds located in Centralia, Washington. The organization adds training and employment for adults with developmentally disabilities living in Lewis County.

  • 1981

    In response to the concerns of local parents of children (birth to, three years old) with diagnosed developmental disabilities, the Lewis County Prevocational Center started the Infant Toddler Development Center Program (InToT). The intervention, education, and support services provided by InToT focus on the family and community resources available to help families with very young children who have disabilities.

  • 1983

    Janitorial business was formed with a crew of five individuals plus a supervisor. Also in 1983, the vocational program contracted with Lewis County to provide litter cleanup along county roads. In addition, the organization built a 2,500 ft2 greenhouse that provided training and commercial opportunities through sale of the greenhouse products directly to the public.

  • 1986

    Lewis County Prevocational Program is awarded a federal grant to operate the Head Start program for Lewis County. This program offers Head Start services to children from three to five years old, along with their families. Currently county wide, services are coordinated at four centers throughout Lewis County in Centralia, Chehalis, Toledo, and Salkum.

  • 1988

    The “Employment Specialties” (ES) division partners with local businesses resulting in successful employment of program participants. Supporting services include evaluating each person’s ability to work in a diverse array of vocational environments, as well as providing support during and after the probationary period of new employment.

  • 1990

    With the diversity of the programs within Lewis County Prevocational Center, the Board of Directors renamed the organization to better reflect this diversity. Lewis County Prevocational Services was officially renamed “Reliable Enterprises.”

  • 2003

    Reliable Enterprises integrates the Family Support Network providing information and support services to the area’s population with diagnosed disabilities through events, networking, and family entertainment. Specifically providing person centered planning encouraging people with developmental disabilities to be active members of their community.

  • 2005

    Reliable Enterprises contracts with the Social Security Administration to become a registered payee organization. Originally started to help disabled employees gain better access to their money, it quickly ballooned into a community wide service now in excess of 150 individual Social Security recipients who need ongoing assistance managing their money.

  • 2007

Reliable Enterprises strategic planning process identifies the need to actively address the housing component for individuals with disabilities in Lewis County. In addition, Reliable begins the process of looking for alternate revenue streams that fit with the mission of Reliable, including strategic partnerships that may benefit multiple organizations both non-profit and for profit.

The Lewis County Head Start program receives notice from a long time landlord that the Centralia site will not available after this coming school year.

  • 2008

Reliable Enterprises is chosen to participate in the Northwest Housing Institute sponsored by the Department of Commerce’s Housing Trust Fund. The Institute provides education and step by step plans for long term supportive housing for targeted populations. Notified in December of a successful grant of $3.5 million for Reliable Place housing project, Reliable Enterprises begins the design and construction phases. Reliable received additional grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank in the amount of $187,000, as well as from the Ben B Cheney Foundation for $25,000 and the Boeing Employees Community Fund for $40,000 to furnish the completed units.

Lewis County Head Start completes agreement with Thorbeckes Fitlife for space in their Chehalis facility expanding classrooms from a temporary location in the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.

  • 2009

Head Start begins school in January in new the Thorbecke’s facility. Reliable Enterprises successfully wins a grant from Lewis County to provide Employment services for Homeless individuals, along with a grant to provide Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing through a program funded by the Economic Stimulus plan and administered through the county. The Housing Department is created to administer this program and provide support for the Reliable Place housing project that opened in June of 2010. Construction begins on Reliable Place housing project. Reliable Enterprises opens “New Life Thrift Store” to the public to sell donated used building supplies and home goods.

  • 2010

Construction completed for Reliable Place as a 24 unit apartment complex built for adults with diagnosed developmentally disabilities and single homeless individuals. 100% occupancy was achieved prior to the first day of move in on July 1. As a result of the construction, the property received landscaping, fencing and new signs at both the Head Start and Reliable administration buildings. Lewis County Head Start increases services to 40 additional children as a result of the federal government’s stimulus spending. Reliable Enterprises receives an Economic Opportunities grant providing consulting on the Employment Program improvements as well as IT infrastructure upgrades. This provided Reliable with a significant accounting and management information system upgrade supporting growth into the future. Reliable Enterprises submits a grant proposal to Housing Finance Commission for “Work Force Housing” and in December, received news that the proposal was accepted and grant funds are awarded totaling $2.33 million

  • 2011

In March, Reliable closes on the purchase of the Mt Vista apartment complex in Centralia. This complex has 40 units and will undergo renovations to improve energy efficiency, upgrade laundry facilities, and install a play area for children, basketball court and a covered picnic area, as well as new landscaping. These improvements were funded through a Housing Finance Commission Nonprofit revenue bond totaling $1.1 million. The project qualifies for the Community Action Council of Lewis, Thurston, and Mason Counties weatherization grant in conjunction with other improvements.

December, Reliable purchases an 8 unit apartment building with a Lewis County grant of $220,000. These units will be for the high utilizer population, mental health, and others who may be coming out of institutions without a place to live. The program will have case management services that are time limited and mandatory.

  • 2012

Lewis County Head Start passes 3 year program audit with flying colors. Consolidation of housing properties allows Reliable to focus on the tenants and to classify Reliable Place as drug free. Mt Vista renovations are completed to include new decks, new washer and dryers in the Laundromat, and new gutters; all of which were not included in the original renovation plan.

The Magnolia Project starts with 2 tenants and Reliable receives grant from 1/10th of 1% sales tax increase to serve the population at Magnolia. The second building at Magnolia receives a new roof and church volunteers paint the building. Reliable starts a vending business that will employ, starting November, one transition student with a developmental disability. This opportunity was developed in conjunction with the ESD 113 transition program and the new employee will be from the Toledo high school transition program. As it was successful, Reliable has opportunities for other transition students to become employed prior to finishing their program.

Reliable receives a donated house which will be our first housing effort to focus on the homeless or near homeless families who participate in the Head Start program. Reliable’s strategic planning has identified the need to help stabilize families with small children so the children’s education is not disrupted and the family can afford housing.

  • 2013

The first half of 2013 brings an increase in donations from United Way of Lewis County to target deposits and utilities. Reliable Enterprises identified a gap between individuals and families ability to pay rent and afford the move in costs. Reliable commits to paying move in costs to promote stable housing. The first Magnolia building receives needed upgrades with a new roo and new windows. The project qualifies for the Community Action Council of Lewis, Thurston, and Mason Counties weatherization program to offset funds for facility maintenance. Providence Hospital Foundation selects Reliable Enterprises Magnolia project for their Paint the Town event, resulting in new paint for the 5 unit main building.

Reliable Enterprises places 3 individuals from various programs to work in the housing program and hires 2 adults with developmental disabilities as employees in the New Life Thrift Store and for janitorial work. A new family with 4 children moves into the house and pays only $300 a month rent, while committing to focus on their children’s education. Reliable also commits to providing funding for the children in this house to participate in extracurricular activities. As 2013 draws to a close, the Community Action Council weatherization at our Magnolia property is completed. Reliable hosts it’s first intern from Evergreen College in Olympia. This provided a competent, motivated and technically savvy student who helps across several programs while learning valuable skills to contribute back to the community. Reliable is awarded $40,000 from the Boeing Employees Community Fund for the purchase of a new van for the Employment Services Department.

  • 2014

Reliable receives a donation of $10,000 for final improvements to the Magnolia property which completes the unit renovations and provides for new unit covered walkway and concrete sidewalk. The Lewis County Head Start program enters into talks with Centralia College to partner together expanding the portion of the state ECEAP preschool program.

  • 2015

Reliable Enterprises purchases a house and duplex adjacent to the Mt Vista apartments with the intention of expanding the apartment complex in the future and expanding the adult family home serving individuals with mental illnesses. The Lewis County Head Start program partners with Centralia College to deliver ECEAP preschool services as a subcontractor. The InToT early intervention program receives additional funding from the WA State Department of Early Learning to handle the increased number of birth to three children diagnosed with a disability. InToT expands to include family assistance with reading courses that include all families in Lewis County, not just families from their programs.

Reliable Enterprises sells Sawall property after a 20 year ownership as a key covenant on the property was finally removed. The decision was made to apply for funding to construct another housing project for special needs populations in Lewis County. 3.32 acres was purchased on Harrison Ave to accommodate this expansion which houses two phases. In November, Reliable Enterprises received a funding award for $1.58 million towards to the 36 unit housing complex.

  • 2016

In May, Reliable Enterprises was awarded $6.9 million in federal tax credit financing through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to complete the housing project on Harrison Ave. Together with the $1.58 million grant, the Reliable Place housing project began construction in the fall of 2016 with projected completion in 2017. The apartments will house single veterans, homeless, and individuals with developmental and mental health disabilities. Reliable Enterprises also signed a lease with Lewis County Drug Court to provide housing for offenders in the program. Currently 6 people can be housed at the Mt. Vista duplex complex.  In January, Reliable Enterprises accepts a contract to provide visitation services to children and families as mandated by DSHS and the Children’s Administration. This program began with 18 visitation specialists managing 75 cases.

Lewis County Head Start began moving toward a full classroom model for children and was notified in November that the pilot full day class model was unanimously approved. Negotiations began with the Centralia Calvary Church as more space is needed for this program expansion.

DSHS-Children’s Administration approached Reliable Enterprises to operate the Concrete Goods program for all offices in DSHS Region 3, totally 16 main offices to deliver physical goods for investigations. This program provides assistance to families in Child Protective Services in the form of cribs, diapers, cleaning supplies, and other miscellaneous items improving the safety and sanitation in homes with children at risk. To accommodate this extensive growth, a major remodel commenced at main office complex at 203 W Reynolds Ave to increase office space and facilitate management consolidation.

  • 2017

In January, Reliable Enterprises was notified as a successful grantee for the Centralia Coal Transition Weatherization Grant of $84,112 as part of the main office remodel project. The expansion project converted 5000 square feet of empty warehouse space into offices to accommodate growth in our programs and consolidates management into one location. The grant was used to update the 1993 building with energy efficient windows, insulated steel doors, new exterior insulation, LED lighting fixtures and a new 95% high efficiency gas forced air furnace with heat pumps. The project significantly upgrades the efficiency of the building through effective use of weatherization and energy efficient heating. The improvements are underway and expected to be completed before June, 2017.

Reliable Enterprises begins conversations with Children’s Administration and Department of Social and Health Services to operate an Emergent Foster Care home in Lewis County. Utilizing a recently purchased home from Andy & Helen Anderson on Reynolds Ave, the Anderson House Emergent Foster Home is scheduled for a grand opening in December of 2017. Serving 12 foster children, ages 6-13 throughout the south sound area, Reliable Enterprises is able to give these children a warm home environment to lessen the stress of foster care.