Ongoing pandemic threatens Sunshine Industries


November 3, 2021

Scott Swanson

Sunshine Industries team members Mark Wind, Christian Morris and William Young clean up leaves at Linn Haven Apartments as team leader Jeremiah Kaniaupio, center, keeps an eye on the action.

Brittany Maudlin has a very clear memory of the day the COVID-19 pandemic hit: Friday, March 13, 2020. 

Maudlin, executive director of Sunshine Industries since 2015, has been on a vicious roller-coaster ride ever since. That was the day the state first shut down the organization, which has served local disabled adults since 1974. What followed was a sequence of heavy restrictions that severely curtailed its ability to serve clients and keep staff working, to the point that, Maudlin said, a month ago she saw the end nearing rapidly. 

"We are losing $20,000 to $27,000 per month," she said...

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