To provide vocational training and job skills development to young adults with disabilities, while educating the community about the need for increased job opportunities for these individuals.
Did you Know?
Programs offered through the public school system to students with disabilities decline at age 18 and become unavailable to those students once they turn 21? Team Woofgang & Co. looks to address those issues directly by providing learning opportunities and vocational skills with the goal of offering invaluable independence and self-worth that comes with "a job well done."
WHAT WE DO
At Team Woofgang & Co. we offer adults with disabilities hands-on job skills training and peer support so they can empower themselves to be vibrant contributors to their community. Our retail curriculum allows our team members to package and sell our products at the Team Woofgang & Co. retail store located at 1300 Post Road in Fairfield, CT. (Between USPS and 16 Handles). Our production curriculum allows team members to prepare and bake high quality peanut butter dog treats at our specialized vocational training facility in the heart of the Black Rock district of Bridgeport, CT. We also participate in a number of local community fairs and festivals selling products and raising awareness of our mission. Click here to see what we're up to.
How it all started
Co-founders (L to R) Kelly Maffei, Amy Stern and Kris Burbank formed FUTURES-CT, Inc. in 2017. The nonprofit officially changed its name to Team Woofgang & Co. in 2020. The co-founders envisioned a business model that would provide meaningful vocational training for transitioned young adults with disabilities and increased community awareness of the need for local employment options among these individuals.
Kelly Maffei currently serves as Team Woofgang & Co.'s Program & Retail Manager. An advocate for children with disabilities for over 20 years she was instrumental in creating a Best Buddies chapter at her local high school to help prevent social and physical isolation among students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kelly is also the office manager for a local design firm and has previous experience working in the computer industry. She holds a BA in mathematics from Boston College.
Amy Stern is the current President of the Board of Directors of Team Woofgang & Co. She has served as a guest speaker for the Fairfield Public School system on the subject of raising young adults with disabilities after high school. Amy is the mother of five and previously practiced as an attorney with McCormick and Epstein (MA) and the Law Offices of James J. Gentile (CT). She holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Kris Burbank is a former Southport resident and the mother of three children. A lifelong disability advocate, Kris served on Fairfield’s Human Services Commission and founded/chaired Fairfield’s Committee for People with Disabilities. She was a founding member of the Stamford Mayor’s Access 4 All Committee, and is a former Board Member of Abilis, Inc. Kris has worked in public relations for Proctor & Gamble and has been a consultant to Easter Seals, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and United Cerebral Palsy. She holds a BA in communication from DePauw University.
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Please donate to Team Woofgang & Co. today. Your support is vital to our growth and survival. Anything helps, and all proceeds assist in our vision of employing young adults with disabilities with meaningful work they love. Team Woofgang & Co. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations to our organization are tax deductible and may be itemized on your tax filing.