77-79 Bishop St. Waterbury CT in 1980
The Joseph Jaynes Center
77-79 Bishop St. Waterbury CT in 2008
WOIC, Inc. is an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Since 1974, WOIC and our partners, have worked with low income and poor communities, providing free life skills and job preparation programs, giving new hope and paths to greater opportunities. WOIC has also built and rehabilitated houses and apartments, while teaching many of the basic skills of construction, which guarantee our neighbors opportunities for better and productive lives.
WOIC seeks to train men and women with untapped talents and unknown skills, who are without a job and underemployed, providing them with a sense of increased economic security all the while fostering our trainees with a sense of self-pride, giving them confidence in himself and enabling him to participate with dignity in the total society. WOIC seeks out to stimulate this loyalty and pride in the community and develop an awareness of an individual's relationship and responsibility toward his fellow man. Hence, Waterbury Opportunities Industrialization Center will seek to develop the "whole person".
Waterbury OIC looks to creating self-reliant communities comprised of empowered and engaged individuals, who improve their quality of life and alleviate poverty.
The Joseph Jaynes Center:
The Joseph Jaynes Center at 77-79 Bishop Street, named after the first WOIC Executive Director is complete and outfitted with a T-1 line, wi-fi capacity and high speed computers to equip our clients and the community to compete for jobs and success.
The Exective Director of WOIC:
Reginald G. Beamon, executive director of WOIC Inc. and retired Connecticut State Legislator, oversaw the designing of the new facility, located on Bishop Street built in honor of the Waterbury founder Joseph L. Jaynes. Reggie also writes a monthly column “Ringing the Bell” based on the principles of Reverend Sullivan’s renown book “Build, Brother Build” for the Waterbury Observer.