House with No Steps celebrates laundry upgrade

We are thrilled with the upgrade of our laundry, in Warabrook NSW. We have new equipment, and we have created more jobs for people with a disability.

Picture of laundry employees at the opening
May 1, 2019

Our businesses are the brain child of House with No Steps  founders – Lionel and Dorothy Watts.

The Watts first started House with No Steps over 50 years ago. One of their goals was to ensure people with a disability had employment opportunities.

And that’s just what House with No Steps businesses – including the Commercial Laundry in Warabrook, NSW – do.

The laundry was transferred to House with No Steps from a local service provider in 2003.

And since that date, House with No Steps has been privileged to help the laundry grow from strength-to-strength.

On Tuesday 30th May 2019, the organisation officially opened the newly upgraded facility.

The laundry now employs over 40 employees. It also has 70 long-standing and supportive customers such as the Rydges, The Retreat Port Stephens, Hunter Valley Crown Plaza and Travellers Motor Village Mayfield.

“It’s been a few years in the making but we’re thrilled with our upgrade. And we’re very thankful for the government funding that allowed it to happen. It’s meant we have fancy new equipment – new dryers, new high speed ironers,” said Brett Lacey, Executive Director of Businesses.

“It has also meant that we have been able increase the amount of laundry we take care of each week. We used to do 25 tonnes per week, and with our new equipment we can now do 100 tonnes per week. More importantly, the upgrade has meant the creation of 17 new jobs – and 12 of these roles are for people with a disability in the area.”

The $2.85 million project was jointly funded by the Federal Liberal-Nationals Government and House with No Steps.