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Opportunities Unlimited of Erie acquires cleaning service

Friday, April 04, 2014

From left: David Sawtelle, OU Manager of Custodial Contracts; Doug and Mary Barnes, former owners of Young's Cleaners; Leah Manino, of Northwest Savings Bank; Char Myers, OU director; Jennifer Poulson, OU Manager of Business Services; and Jeanne Daugherty, OU Manager of Supported Employment, complete the transfer of Young's to Opportunities Unlimited of Erie.

ERIE, Pa. – Opportunities Unlimited of Erie Inc. (OU), a nonprofit organization providing employment resources for individuals with disabilities, is proud to announce its acquisition of Young’s Cleaners, 4001 W. Ridge Road.

Young’s, a local leader in dry cleaning and laundry for 29 years, will continue to offer excellent service while serving as a work site for OU employees in an authentic business setting.   Employees will perform the day-to-day operations of the business under the supervision of the staff of OU and Young’s.

“This site will serve not only as a place for job training, job assessment and job placement,  but will also provide a stream of income that is needed to supplement our mission,” said Char Myers, Executive Director of Opportunities Unlimited of Erie.

Opportunities Unlimited offers employer incentives, supported employment and job coaching/training in custodial, laundry and specialty floor care services. OU is a recognized Employment Network by the Social Security Administration “Ticket to Work” program, which assists beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working toward financial independence.

Opportunities Unlimited is an affiliate of Stairways Behavioral Health, 2185 W. Eighth Street, Erie.

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