In 1970, concerned parents, family members and business leaders in Spokane organized the Pre-Vocational Training Center to provide services to Spokane-area adults with developmental, physical and mental disabilities. In 2004, the company name was changed to Skils’kin, a Native American word that means “a place where a person goes to seek personal identity and self-empowerment.” Working with national and local businesses and organizations, we are able to assist people with a wide variety of disabilities to become more self-reliant and economically self-sufficient. Skils’kin now provides services in Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Oklahoma.
Skils’kin has also been active in the AbilityOne program since 1978. The AbilityOne program is a federal program that creates jobs and training opportunities for people who are blind or who have other disabilities, empowering them to lead more productive and independent lives. Through this AbilityOne program, Skils’kin currently provides employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities in food services, custodial services, and grounds maintenance.
Through our continuing commitment to work together with our many friends and business partners in the community, we are able to assist people with a wide variety of disabilities to become more self-reliant and economically self-sufficient. Each person, regardless of his or her abilities, is an individual capable of growing, learning, and developing. The services and supports we offer are designed to maximize this potential and to increase independence and full inclusion into the community.