HISTORY OF PDI
Loving parents and committed community members envision a better way to support those with disabilities and form Pueblo Diversified Industries. Mr. Jerry Daugherty is acting President and CEO since 1969.
PDI acquires 2828 Granada Blvd. on Pueblo’s south side. PDI receives its first accreditation from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). PDI adds the first new building on its property. PDI receives Federal Javits–Wagner–O’Day Act (JWOD) certification allowing innovative ways to employ individuals with a disability. Shortly thereafter, PDI receives its first of many […]
Working with both federal and commercial vendors, in-house contract operations begin to grow. The annex is added to the main building and a new warehouse is completed to increase capacity for work opportunities. New and innovative Day Program classes are introduced.
PDI’s first president proved to be a questionable choice and Jerry Daugherty, treasurer of the board at that time, was asked to temporarily assume the position which was made permanent in February of 1969. Jerry remained President/CEO until his retirement in 1994.
Contract work has always been PDI’s savior as well as its Achilles heel. That first significant challenge was when the board had to make personal contributions to make payroll when multiple contracts ended at about the same time.
The future brings new challenges, new ways of addressing the long struggle of individuals with disabilities to access and enjoy the privileges of independence and the freedom of choice.