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News Story Helps Tom Land Job
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 19, 2004

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--Here's good news: My friend Tom has a new job.

Tom Shanks started a part-time customer service gig with a north Spokane carwash and service station on Thursday, just a few days after the Spokesman-Review featured him in an article about the high unemployment situation for people with developmental disabilities in our region's struggling economy.

Tom had been looking for work since January, when his seasonal position at the Spokane Valley Target store ended.

An employee at the carwash and service station contacted Tom after reading the article.

"He's wonderful," Theresa Ray, who helps manage the service station, told the Spokesman-Review. "We're looking forward to working with him."

I don't know about you, but I like to support local businesses that employ people I like.

So . . . if your rig is in need of some tender-loving lathering, and you are on the north side of Spokane, why not stop in at the Kar-Brite Hand Wash and Auto Glass service station at 1615 W. Five Mile Road, one block north of Frances between Maple and Ash, and say "hello" to their newest hire?

March 13: "Willing and Able, but Unemployed" (Spokesman-Review via Miami Herald)
March 19: "Developmentally disabled man finds work" (Spokesman-Review via Miami Herald)


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