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Some homeless persons may soon staff recycling business down-town

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    Tom Over
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    Some homeless and formerly homeless people may soon have jobs recycling materials that come from offices, bars, restaurants and other businesses.

    “ We are trying to start businesses that will employ homeless people, because traditional employers don’t want to hire somebody who’s got a lack of employment experience or has a criminal background. So, we want to create those jobs ourselves.”

    That was Mary Loritz, who works with the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless. She said there is a demand for this type of work downtown.

    “A lot of them(down-town businesses) don’t have recycling service and so we’ll hire the homeless and formerly homeless to pick it up and take it to recycling centers,” Loritz said. Leadership Columbus is providing help with market research, incorporation, and business insurance.

    “Hopefully it will be on the ground in a couple of months,” Loritz said.

    She said she would like the recycling business to become a worker-owned co-op at some point in the future, but not just yet.

    “To begin with, we’ll be a regular business, but I think down the line, we’ll want to have a more cooperative ownership and management structure where the homeless are actually in control and democratically managing the company themselves.”



    What a great idea!

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