Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Discount store employs people with special needs

Cost-conscious shopping caused by the recession has allowed a new discount store to provide jobs for people with disabilities. Many of Just-A-Buck's 16 special-needs employees had recently been laid off from mainstream workplaces.

The only nonprofit Just-A-Buck franchise nationwide, the store in the Cleveland suburb Parma supports the training and placement of the disabled in workshops or workplaces. Some shoppers said they like bargains and also like supporting store workers with special needs.

The store opened in April is operated by Solutions at Work Inc., an arm of the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Many of the store's workers had lost jobs from previous SAW placements.

1 comment:

jonsmom said...

This is wonderful, thanks for posting. Have you seen the stories about Poppin' Joe? Inspirational. http://www.specialneedscommunity.com/talk.php?keyword=poppin%27&searchSubmit=

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