ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- For the past 30 years Disability Resources Incorporated continues to touch lives.
“At DRI, we are a residential and vocational program for disabled adults.” Explained Greg Fortson, the Sales Representative of the Document Destruction Service.
From their recreational activities they provide like horseback riding provided by Hardin-Simmons University to their speech classes, the 54 folks who attend DRI enjoy every moment.
“We have an activity center where they do all kinds of activities during the day , like learning how to budget money and different things like that.” Said Fortson.
One resident named Mark Wilkerson, who has been with DRI for the past three years told KRBC that his favorite things to do include playing board games, video games, pool and ping pong.”
The best part about the 170 acre organization is the numerous jobs that are available for the folks at DRI.
“They make salsa, bread and butter jalapenos, barbecue sauce, relish, even the jalapeno poppers from Perini Ranch.” Added Fortson.
But this recent service, the Document Destruction, has been a big hit.
“We started it a few years ago and it has definitely increased.” Forton told KRBC.
Dustin, a master shredder at the facility told KRBC that he loves sorting the papers and shredding them.
“We sort it and shred it and I do like it.” Explained Dustin.
At first, the service was only available to businesses, but now residents of the Big Country have the opportunity to get their hands on a $5 bag that they too can fill with up to 30 pounds of confidential documents.
“We do have the bags that customers can purchase here at DRI for $5 and they can fill it up, bring it back here, all for no charge.” Forton said.
Although those who run the machines, sort the papers, cut the jalapenos, and fill the jars, do get paid hourly, the most important part for them is getting the opportunity to work.
“It’s more than just shredding, it’s more than about paper, it’s more about helping our folks and getting them meaningful jobs and meaningful work.” Forton told KRBC.
Click the following link for more information on the services DRI provides. http://drishreds.com/