Press Releases & News

Listed below are press releases & news items providing information about Valley Sheltered Workshop, its partners, and volunteers in and around the Batavia, IL Community.

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Valley Sheltered Workshop Names Hugo Saltijeral as Executive Director  

Valley Sheltered Workshop’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Hugo Saltijeral is the Executive Director of the Valley Sheltered Workshop.

Hugo’s most recent experience in providing leadership, managing personnel, and direction to colleagues, employees, volunteers, and guests is at Hesed House in Aurora, IL. Hugo has a servant’s heart and believes that whether in crisis or not, it is our duty to offer assistance with dignity and respect to each individual.

Hugo is finalizing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona Global Campus. He has several years of experience in compassionate leadership, public speaking, and strategic planning experience. He is affiliated with St. Joseph’s Parish in Aurora, IL, and comes with nonprofit board experience as a member of other local 501 (c)(3) boards, specializing with a focus on ED Development and Capital Improvement.

Hugo arrived with a passion to continue the original mission created by Reverend Johnstone to create a safe, communal environment for the enrichment of the lives of persons with disabilities and to help them embrace all aspects of their lives including friendship, learning, and above all a source of livelihood.

Valley Sheltered Workshop is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities through employment and an environment for friendship, learning, above all, a source of livelihood located in Batavia, IL in the Fox Valley for over 50 years.

For more information about Valley Sheltered Workshop or Hugo Saltijeral, please call us at (630) 879-2359 or

Not-For-Profits Giving Back In Kane County ~ Shaw Media
December  2021

In Case You Missed It…

Valley Sheltered Workshop was named one of several Featured Local Non-Profit and Volunteer organizations in the Not-For-Profits Giving Back In Kane County Series published by Shaw Media in December 2021.

The article highlights our history, business services, and longevity within the Fox Valley area.

Valley Sheltered Workshop is honored and very thankful to Thomas McCartney and Map Your Future for recommending our organization.

Thank you again Fox Valley – Batavia for your continued support of our organization and mission!

Valley Sheltered Workshop Featured In Kane County Giving Back December 2021

Gut Buster Hog Raffle Fundraiser Winner
Monday, February 22, 2021

Valley Sheltered Workshop is excited to announce A ‘Winner’ has been chosen!

A big THANK YOU to all that participated in the 1/2 Hog Raffle!

To everyone that bought a raffle ticket, to Slagel Family Farm for the hog, to Gillerson’s Grubbery for putting
this together with us and selling a bunch of tickets, to the volunteers putting in work behind the scenes,
and our staff and employees at the Workshop.

Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to Paul, our Winner!

See our LIVE Drawing at the Workshop.

We hope to do this again and hope you had
as much fun as we did!

Gut Buster Hog Raffle Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Valley Sheltered Workshop is excited to announce our new “Gut Buster Hog Raffle!

Our friends at Gillerson’s Grubbery and Slagel Family Farm put together an amazing 1/2 hog package with all sorts of cuts along with sauces and rubs. This is a $400 value we are raffling for $25 a ticket! 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Valley Sheltered Workshop. The drawing date is to be announced soon.

Click here to purchase your ticket and indicate “hog raffle” in the special instructions box under the dollar amount. We will send you back a copy of your raffle ticket. Purchases can be made in-person from some of our Board of Directors members as well.

For more information or details contact Zander Donat via email – or thru Facebook at with any questions.

Thank you for your support!

Annual Pancake Fundraiser
Sunday May 5, 2019

Valley Sheltered Workshop will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 5 from 7:30 am – 12 pm. Pancakes, sausage, strawberries, blueberries, coffee, orange juice and apple juice will be served. Tickets are purchased at the door for $7 per person (children three and under are free). There will also be raffle baskets, a silent auction and a cash drawing raffle. Valley Sheltered Workshop is located at 325 Main St. in Batavia. Stop by for some good food and a little fun that helps support a great cause.

For more information, call 630-879-2359 or find us at See you there!

Pancake Breakfast Flyer