Soapy Joe’s hires people with disabilities for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

PRIDE Industries, a Northern California-based basis, helps discover employment alternatives for people with disabilities.

SAN DIEGO — October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Sixteen people with disabilities work throughout a number of Soapy Joe’s automotive wash areas throughout San Diego serving to clients get a automotive wash whereas ensuring it’s a easy and pleasurable journey. 

“I always come here on time. I wanted to make some good money,” stated 28-year-old Kevin Daggett who has labored at Soapy Joe’s for the previous 6 months. 

“My job duties are sweeping the parking lot, replacing the trash bags, and also emptying out the vacuums and washing towels,” stated Daggett. 

What many purchasers could not know is that Daggett is disabled, however due to PRIDE Industries, a social enterprise that helps present employment for people with disabilities, Daggett has a spot to work. 

“People with disabilities may face challenges where workplaces are not inclusive and there’s a lack of opportunity to be given a chance. At PRIDE, people of all abilities have equal access to employment, ” stated Brian Garback, Director of Workforce Inclusion at PRIDE Industries.

“I think there’s a large misconception about hiring people with disabilities. They are on time and they stay within the dress code and they stay productive which is phenomenal for any candidate,” stated Jacob Teague, Site Manager at Soapy Joe’s.

PRIDE Industries companions with many companies in San Diego together with Soapy Joe’s, the San Diego Zoo, and San Diego County. 

They provide a free job line to assist people with disabilities in California with resources to land a job. They even have providers in Spanish. 

“It’s all positive. We are seeing an embracing of our PRIDE candidates and celebrating our differences,” stated Anne Mauler, Vice President of Marketing at Soapy Joe’s. 

Daggett now has objectives for the long run and a plan for what he’ll do with his earnings. 

“My goals are to get to know people, raise some good money and being nice to other customers. I want to get some new clothes when I’m done getting paid. I want to get paid this week. I really love it here,” stated Daggett. 

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