TECH Celebrates 50 Years
TECH was founded in 1973 as parents in the Hutchinson community realized a growing need for their children with special needs to find work after high school. Their goal was simple – to find a way to provide services, specifically job training, to young adults graduating from high school with special needs. They had a vision that their child, regardless of their disability, could be a contributing member of society and have a job of their own after graduation. Now, 50 years later, TECH is providing residential and day services as well as Service Coordination to over 225 individuals in Reno County.
50 for 50 Campaign!
To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we are launching a 50 for 50 Fundraising Campaign and we need YOU!
Celebrate With Us!!
We have a lot to celebrate considering it’s our 50th Birthday! Join us all year long as we celebrate with our staff and our supporters. Whether you want to attend an event, purchase TECHwear, or share your TECH story, we want to hear from you!! Find a number of ways below to get involved and join the party!
Share Your Story
The stories only you can tell
Share a story about your time here. It can be something—or someone—you’ll never forget. A moment, or an entire career. Have a throwback photo that encapsulates your time here? Even better.
Here are some prompts to get you thinking.
- How have you watched TECH change?
- How has TECH changed you?
- What is your best memory from your time at TECH?
- What was your biggest program that you were a part of at TECH?
- Who was your mentor? How did they help you most?
- How did you help give back to TECH while you were here? Or, if you were a person served or a family of a person served, how did you benefit from TECH?
We’ll be posting some of your stories on social media, and some will appear on this website. Although we won’t be able to publish every story that is shared, know that you are always part of TECH, and your stories are important to us.
Celebrate With Us
As TECH kicks off its 50th celebration in January 2023, the organization invites TECH families, staff, community members, and supporters to celebrate with them during their year full of exciting events, including:
- TECH will host a “Through the Years” Celebration for current and former TECH families, staff, and board members in June.
- June will be a month of celebrating with TECH staff and the people we serve all month long during our day and residential service programs.
- TECH will host a community-wide birthday celebration at the Kansas State Fair as the First Saturday Fair sponsor in 2023.
- Finally, TECH will be celebrating its 50th Birthday all year long with a “50 for 50 Campaign,” Featured Stories in their Newsroom, and a year full of celebrations.
50 for 50 Fundraising Campaign
Raise $50,000 in 5 months
Give to support our vital work in the Hutchinson community. All gifts received between February 1 and June 30 will go towards our $50,000 goal. Donate online or mail check to 10 East 1st Avenue, Hutchinson, KS 67501
50 New Monthly Donors in 2023
Will you be one of our 50 new monthly donors? Monthly donations help sustain the vital work of our organization. Can you give $10 a month to support our mission and get that good giving feeling ALL YEAR LONG!? You choose the amount, then we do the rest! Be sure to select “monthly” under frequency. Every monthly donation will go towards our $50,000 goal!
New monthly donors will receive a fun care package from us!
50 New Connections in 2023
We want to share our story! We are looking to make 50 New Connections at TECH in 2023 through our “Get to Know Us” Lunch Tours each month! Curious about TECH and what we do? Come join the President/CEO of TECH and other professionals as we take you on a tour of one of our many sites here at TECH! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Where It All Began
In the 1970’s, resources in the Hutchinson community were limited if you were a parent to a child with special needs. Esther Yoder and Elwin Cabbage, both parents to children with special needs began a coalition group that quickly became the original Board of Directors for what is now, TECH, Inc. Their goal was simple – to find a way to provide services, specifically job training, to young adults graduating from high school with special needs. They had a vision that their child, regardless of their disability, could be a contributing member of society and have a job of their own after graduation. The coalition knew where they wanted to go but needed someone to help them get there. In 1973, the Reno County Occupational Center opened its doors and Maurice Cummings was hired as their first Chief Executive Officer.