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Program helps disabled janitor gain independence

January 10, 2011
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COLORADO SPRINGS — A bill introduced in June 2008 that requires state agencies to offer first bids on manual labor contracts to organizations that employ disabled workers has been a blessing for hundreds, according to the Gazette.
Justus Collins, a janitor at Pikes Peak Community College, was given his job through Goodwill Industries International Inc., an organization that partners with various companies through the "state set-aside" program, the story stated.
According to the article, Collins, who has worked in various janitorial positions since 2000, had a stroke when he was born and suffers from cerebral palsy.
Collins, who recently moved into an apartment of his own, said: "My life changed dramatically. It helps me to get out of the house and go somewhere. To be able to have a job with Goodwill, that helps a lot."
The bill, which was sponsored by Representative Bob Gardner, has helped Goodwill create 15 jobs through three contracts, the story noted.
Gardner wants to tighten up the law and, among other things, revise it to prevent out-of-state organizations from winning state contracts, the story added.
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