Mission Statement

“To assist people with disabilities to maximize their sense of honor, dignity and self-worth by providing quality vocational evaluation and training; community employment suited to the individual’s needs, skills, desires, and social development; and residential services which enable them to live in comfort while attaining their highest level of independence in all phases of their lives.”



Established in 1957, Exceptional Foresters Inc. (EFI) is a private nonprofit corporation located in Shelton, Washington. Bob and Louise Kimbel wanted a better life for their sons than putting them in an institution or keeping them home, out of sight. With other parents with similar circumstances, they established Exceptional Foresters Inc. to provide work opportunities for their sons. The work began in the forest with a Christmas tree farm and selling fire wood. Over the years additional opportunities were created for both men and women.

EFI currently provides residential and vocational services to adults with disabilities by supporting them in their homes and community.



EFI would like to give a huge ‘Thank You’ to Sierra Pacific Industries for their generous grant which has enabled us to enhance staff communication and improve documentation. Their generous donation has improved our staff members ability to provide the best care and support possible to the individuals that we serve. Thank you Sierra Pacific from everyone at Exceptional Foresters Inc! We CAN make a difference!