On Friday, May 5, Wheaton Mayor Phil Suess presided over the grand opening and open house for the DoodleBug Workshop at 314 S. Main St. Supporters gathered for the festivities which included food and mexican drinks.
Delayed two years, this occasion celebrates DoodleBug Workshop’s move from a two-car garage in Wheaton in the spring of 2020 to a four-room job training facility for people with disabilities – right in the heart of downtown Wheaton.
Sarah Starke, the mother of a young adult with a developmental disability, started the workshop to give her son and other people with disabilities aged 16 and over the opportunity to develop their potential and go beyond. beyond what society expects of them.
The workshop teaches participants how to use tools to create beautiful, practical and decorative products from wood and other materials, including resin.
Skills learned range from painting and assembly to using a range of power tools. Horticulture is part of the curriculum along with community service. Participants are welcome from DuPage County and beyond.
Mayor Suess spoke after the ribbon cutting. “Sarah’s motto is ‘Changing lives one tool at a time.’ I want to thank you for your involvement and your commitment to our community, you do the right thing, you help people.
“We’re a very caring community – Wheaton – we do things for the right reasons,” Suess said. “What Sarah does here, with the help of her volunteers, improves our community and we appreciate it.”
Starke said they looked forward to expanding the program to serve more people, but needed the help of more volunteers, sponsors and donors.