Who we are and our Mission
To strengthen future employment opportunities and marketable skills for inmates through on-the-job training and work development programs, supported by the production and delivery of quality and services to our customers.
We’ve made chairs for state office workers
including the Governor himself.
How much does this program cost tax payers? Not a dime. VCE is a self-supporting agency established by the general assembly over 75 years ago to employ inmates in Virginia’s correctional system. We purchase our own equipment and supplies and employ a staff of over 160 Virginians. Every one in the state profits because our program is successful in helping people make the transition from a dependent to a contributor, reducing the tax burden necessary to run the correctional system.
In addition, we parallel our enterprises as closely as possible to those in the private sector. Inmates are interviewed, reviewed and earn compensation. They get up in the morning to go to work, earn advancement, learn the concepts of teamwork and quality workmanship as well as the social skills and work skills necessary to keep a job.
So we’re not here to make products and offer services for profit. We’re here to make products and offer services that will ultimately teach a work ethic to those who’ve made mistakes. That way they have a fighting chance to get on the right track, support themselves and their families once released.
Our success, their success hinges on your purchasing power. We want the odds in Virginia’s favor. The more you utilize our products and services, the more inmates we can employ and train. But while all this is a very worthwhile mission, we know we have to earn your business by offering exceptional service, making durable products of the highest quality at a fair price and delivering on time.
We have a track record of successful projects
We’ve been around over 75 years and have a lot to show for it. Successful VCE projects are being showcased all over Virginia — from the intricate embroidery you see on state employee’s shirts to the variety of office furniture styles available. Examples of our products and services range from the ergonomic chairs in the offices of thousands of state and federal employees, to the linens at a major Virginia teaching hospital, which are washed, cleaned and delivered by VCE. Where will you find us? And will you know it when you do? You can see examples of our work at most major universities, lobbies of public buildings, state parks, boardrooms and more. You may have even sat on one of our chairs, or unknowingly handed out business cards printed by us. If you’re in a public school, you might see a large format textbook we printed for visually impaired students. We’re even in places you don’t see, restoring old blueprints into new, readable quality. All projects we undertake are designed to satisfy the most discriminating and cost conscious customer and withstand the rigors of use typical in high-traffic areas.
Our customers are often surprised at how deftly we can take a blank space and create an inviting, upscale showplace or how we can use our space planning layouts to construct an office environment that is efficient, practical as well as attractive.
If you want it customized, just ask us. To meet exacting standards of tradition and durability, a state-supported military institute asked that we specifically build their furniture to exacting dimensions with hard rock maple.
We deliver to their specifications over and over again. And as a result, they remain one of our most loyal and satisfied customers. When Virginia parks built cabins, VCE furnished all of them top to bottom in mission style furniture custom made to fit that specific space and to last as long as the structure itself.
To say the least, we’re unruffled by exacting standards and specific requests and treat them as opportunities to prove ourselves.