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!


Due to Covid-19 all of EFIs activities have been cancelled until further notice.

The health and safety of the clients EFI supports as well as our staff is a top priority. At this time the Kimbel building is not open to the public. Our Direct Support staff as well as Supervisory Team are doing most if not all purchasing on behalf of the clients. Badges have been provided to our staff labeling them “Essential”.

Our Direct Care staff are supporting all of the individuals that we serve in staying safe and healthy. At home activities have been purchased and the clients are participating in virtual Bingo.

We do our best to prepare for emergency situations, however we are running low on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Donations are much appreciated. The items that we are in need of the most are:

  • N95 Masks, Surgical Masks as well as Homemade Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Toilet Paper
  • Temporal Thermometers