This “Six Decades of Service” celebration began with a donation to Lura Turner Homes (LTH). A $6,000 gift allowed LTH’s Civitan House to comply with new utility requirements the organization neither anticipated nor had the financial resources to satisfy. With EPI-HAB’s donation, the upgrades were completed and approved by the utility inspector.
“EPI-HAB and LTH have maintained a long, rewarding relationship,” said EPI-HAB Executive Director Matt Redmann. “LTH has provided our organization with several employees as well as a board member.”
Who does EPI-HAB employ?
EPI-HAB was founded in 1958 with the mission to provide meaningful employment to individuals with epilepsy by performing valued work for customers. Over the last six decades, as epilepsy seizure treatment significantly progressed, EPI-HAB expanded its mission to welcome employees living with other challenges, such as hearing impairment, physical limitations and mild intellectual disabilities.
Typical work focuses on hand labor skills, with EPI-HAB often operating as a customer’s production plant and warehouse; receiving, storing and fulfilling orders. All employees are paid at or above minimum wage and are provided the option of a flexible work schedule.
What makes EPI-HAB unique?
EPI-HAB, a 501(c) 3 organization, has always conducted its business as an atypical not-for-profit. The organization does not solicit donations or charitable contributions, receive any grants – government or otherwise, nor does it conduct fundraisers. EPI-HAB operates and competes, for the most part, as a for-profit business selling its employees’ highly-valued hand labor services. With that revenue stream, wages and benefits are paid, materials and supplies are purchased, and investments are made in capital improvements. Moreover, excess profits made are donated to other not-for-profit organizations which share similar objectives.
About Lura Turner Homes
Lura Turner Homes’ strong history of providing a safe, enriching and loving environment for adults living with disabilities in the Phoenix area aligns with EPI-HAB’s commitment to the community. Founded in 1965, the organization emphasizes a family-like atmosphere, encourages the development of a strong, positive work ethic, and offers recreational and cultural activities and community involvement opportunities to its residents. Learn more about LTH here.
Looking to follow EPI-HAB’s journey to 60?
For more information about EPI-HAB, visit www.epihab.org.