HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s a busy day in the laundry facility at URS. Clients in the vocational program are cleaning blankets for the facility, but that’s just the beginning.
One of the newest members of our community is also one of the newest customers for United Rehabilitation Services’ vocational program. Fuyao, the auto glass maker in Moraine, contracts with URS to clean worker gloves, shop towels and suits.
“So they can have a cleaner and more productive workforce and be green about it too at the same time,” says URS Executive Director Dennis Grant. “It’s nice that they are able to recycle all these materials and it improves the quality of the work that they do because they don’t have finger prints on the glasses they work through,” Grant continued.
Fuyao has been using the service for about a year bringing a community-minded spirit from its leader to the Miami Valley.
“The nice thing about Fuyao is that they understand the importance of community,” said Grant. He continued, “You know I was able to be at their grand opening and Chairman Cho was able to talk about his philosophy of philanthropy and what he has done to be able to give over a billion dollars to the communities in China and he wants to do the same thing here. He wants Fuyao to be involved in this community and for people to know that they appreciate the community they are in.”
Fuyao says it is paying URS a competitive wage to wash workers gloves instead of buying new gloves, which is saving the company money. And the vocational program extends beyond the laundry facility.
URS also provides secure document destruction for area investment and accounting agencies. Workers train in culinary arts and small parts assembly. The vocational program also places workers in companies in surrounding counties, including teenagers with disabilities, helping the companies and the workers too.
“When you look at it statistically there is somewhere between a 65 and 80-percent unemployment rate for people with disabilities and many of those working are only working part-time so we want to do everything we can to help get those high school kids vocational skills they need before they graduate so they have skills they have a work reference and they are able to go into the workforce and be productive as soon as they graduate. So we have been very excited we have been able to serve about 350-400 adults with disabilities every year and we are working with more high school kids all the time.”
Fuyao Glass America is one of a group of companies thriving thanks to the vocational team at URS. And it hopes more companies will seek out their services.
“We currently contract with a half dozen organizations throughout the area for vocational work. And actually we are always looking for ways to provide more services like secure document destruction, package and assembly, collating and mailing so we can provide assistance to those companies for a reasonable price and to create work for the people that we serve. So we would love to have more people please contact us,” Grant said.
Companies that do will get more than dedicated workers.
Grant continued, “What I have found working with a lot of these corporations, and Fuyao is a great example of that, I think the fact that they know they are giving back to people in this community who might be the most in need, I think it has made them feel better about what they are doing for this area. I know when I have spoken to people at Fuyao their employees also appreciate the fact that their company is doing something special for their community.”
“We are serving your neighbors, your friends, your loved ones right here and I think when Fuyao and other companies get involved they know how important that is to make it successful to make it something possible for people to really enhance the quality of their lives every day,” Grant said.