It all began in the basement of a church in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
In 1966, a group of parents came together to discuss how to create opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. These parents - true pioneers of the modern inclusivity movement - came up with a solution that enabled their children to experience the dignity, independence, and sense of purpose that comes with employment. That solution was PRIDE Industries.
From our small beginnings , PRIDE Industries has grown to become the nation's leading employer of people with disabilities and those with other barriers to employment.
As PRIDE has grown, so has the reach of its mission. PRIDE employs individuals in diverse fields, including manufacturing and logistics and facilities management - all made possible by a wide spectrum of support services. We're dedicated to normalizing workforce inclusion - shifting the paradigm about the value people with disabilities bring to a high-performance workforce.
PRIDE envisions a world where every employer joins us in empowering a truly inclusive and functional workforce at all levels of the organization. We now share our unique expertise with companies of all sizes to help them achieve their diversity and inclusion goals - expanding our founders' dream from a local effort into a service that benefits thousands of people across the country every year.
In June of 2020, The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation was created in honor of Michael "Zig" Ziegler, PRIDE Industries' CEO, for the last 37 years. Zig dedicated his life to creating jobs for people with disabilities, veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors.
PRIDE Industries' operational revenue pays for all Foundation administrative expenses, so that 100% of your donations fund our programs that benefit people with disabilities, veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors, such as:
-Workforce education, training, and job coaching
-Job support technology