Josina Lott started the Lott Day School in her apartment.
The Lott School was incorporated and started its first trainable work by reconditioning pails.
Lott purchased its first production facility on Heffner Street in East Toledo, Ohio.
Lott built the Larc Lane School (the 1st in the United States specifically designed as a work facility for persons with developmental disabilities).
Lott's growth continued with four new locations in Toledo (Berdan Avenue, Larc Lane, Ashland Avenue, and Kelsey Street).
Major growth because of partnerships with Ford, Jeep, and other local businesses.
Lott was awarded Q1 status from Ford. Also, Lott became the first workshop for persons with developmental disabilities to earn this prestigious award (and the only in the nation!).
Lott built a new state-of-the-art facility on Hill Avenue.
With the Great Recession and the decline of car industry in neighboring Detroit, Lott created a new, dynamic model of working environments for the people we serve with developmental disabilities. This model was inclusive, supporting people with developmental disabilities to work in the wider community.
In July 2017, Lott (a non-profit 501(c)(3) for 60 years) returned to private-run status with a renewed focus on the person-centered goals of those we serve. As a transformational change, we will operate as "Lott" from now on.
We are expanding all our services to align with our vision to serve anyone with a barrier to employment in NW Ohio and SE Michigan.