For over 60 years, BCI's social mission has been to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a choice of fulfilling work. Today, BCI serves that mission through two programs: Organizational Employment and Competitive Employment.
The Organizational Program goes back to BCI's founding in 1959 when it operated as a small candle making business with just one employee. Today, BCI operates as BCI Packaging and employs 250 adults with disabilities in two locations. With a skilled and dedicated workforce, they deliver quality contract packaging and light manufacturing work for companies across the region and world.
The Competitive Program was established in 2007 to open doors for people with disabilities who wanted to work in a community business and earn the same responsibilities, benefits, and pay as their non-disabled co-workers. Opportunities were scarce in the beginning, so BCI created its Career Planning Center and Show Me Shine commercial cleaning subsidiary to facilitate jobs. As time passed, those entities faded and a new model emerged—the Skills Center. The Skills Center is a first-of-its-kind vocational training facility that provides a direct path to competitive employment. It is a vital part of BCI's Competitive Employment Program and Employment Continuum.