Arc Wayne’s Erie Shore Laundry now open
The Arc Wayne opened Erie Shore Laundry this past April as a commercial laundry business that employs individuals with and without disabilities.
To start, Wayne County Nursing Home is the sole client. The project started after the nursing home approached The Arc Wayne about wanting to switch laundry providers once its contract expired. When asked if the nonprofit would be interested in starting a business to meet these needs, staff got to work on a solution.
Renovations started at its Harrison Street training facility in Newark late last year. Commercial-grade washers and dryers, folding station tables and a delivery truck were purchased to service the nursing home’s needs.
Through grants from the Golisano Foundation, New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. and Davenport Hatch Foundation, services started on April 1 and four individuals with disabilities were hired.
“NYSID is thrilled to assist The Arc Wayne in establishing a laundry business with a matching grant for new equipment,” said Maureen O’Brien, president and CEO. “The new venture will help The Arc grow jobs for local individuals with disabilities and provide an essential service in the region. A job can change everything, and NYSID is proud to help our member organizations realize more opportunities that lead to paychecks and inclusion.”
Visit arcwayne.org for information.