We are a mission based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges.
We champion the development of essential vocational and life skills, meaningful social involvement and access to critical resources.
We provide employment services; specialized job and life skills training; career opportunities; a center for social enrichment; and connectivity to community resources.
We are a change leader dedicated to executional excellence, collaboration, innovation, continual learning, constant improvement and sustained achievement.
Welcome to Columbia Industries
Columbia Industries started helping people in 1963 as the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Benton and Franklin Counties. The purpose for forming the non-profit agency was clear: to promote the general welfare of persons with cerebral palsy and other handicaps.
Today, our goals are similar, as we focus on helping as many people with disabilities and other challenges as we can. The slogan that appears in our logo, “Enrich. Empower. Respect.” was chosen to reflect our commitment to supporting and empowering our clients, our community, our board members, our staff, our donors – everyone who plays a part in our organization.
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We are the proud parents of Alexander, a high functioning individual who has Autism. We were first introduced to Columbia Industries during one of our son’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings at Chiawana High School. CI educated us on their programs and how Alexander could benefit from their services. Alexander began working at CI in the CI Solutions program, using his sewing skills to help make hoods for the military. He then went on to enroll and graduate from their Opportunity Kitchen food service training program, where he acquired the skills to work in the food industry. Because of this program, Alexander was able to obtain employment at WingStop, where he currently works today. The impact CI has had on him is not only seen; it’s felt. They want to see him be the best person he can be. Columbia Industries truly does Enrich, Empower and Respect.
Andrea and Jeffrey Peterson
When we asked Columbia Industries to cater our monthly evening meeting of the participants in the Benton County Veterans Court, we knew that the Opportunity Kitchen was a training program but were happy to help support a fellow non-profit organization. What we did not expect was the exceptional quality of both the food that was prepared, and the working relationship that would develop in a very short period of time.
Participants in the Court, officers of the Court, the veteran mentors and staff of our organization have universally praised the meals, and have often expressed amazement at their quality - all provided at a price our organization can afford. The courtesy and responsiveness of staff and students of the kitchen makes them an absolute pleasure to work with. We look forward to a long working relationship, and many more delicious and satisfying suppers.
Mentor Coordinator, Columbia Basin Veterans Center
Gracie was eager and excited to learn. Her smile and enthusiasm made me offer her the job. She has done a great job, and in fact, she has recently been offered increased hours. My advice to other employers would be to just give someone [with a disability] a chance. If one person doesn’t work out, try someone else and give them an opportunity.