ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) â The Orange County Adult Achievement Center in Anaheim is helping developmentally disabled workers find jobs.
âWe have a lot of different activities for them to do outside of the work activity, but the work activity is the most important one. Itâs what we all strive to do. We strive for our own independence and thatâs what weâre trying to help them achieveâis their own economic independence,â said Michael Galliano, the CEO of the OC Adult Achievement Center.READ MORE: LeBron James Confirms He’s Vaccinated Against COVID
Santa Ana-based CafÃ©jo, which makes coffee and tea, is the latest company to open part of its operation in the Anaheim warehouse where the clients gather every day.
The partnership has created minimum wage jobs for workers to count, sort, package and label products.
Bruce Vertrees makes $9 an hour.READ MORE: BTS Will Reunite With Its ARMY With 4 Live Shows At SoFi Stadium
âIâm trying to raise extra money. Iâm planning on going to Knottâs Berry Farm next week, so I need extra money to make some money for Knottâs Berry Farm. And extra cash for dad … on the weekend, go out to eat and everything,â he said.
The clients package 10,000 pounds of coffee a day.
âInstead of trying to expand my own facility and hire more people, I thought, letâs meet with them, letâs have a conversation and see if it works. Once I came here, it was just amazing. They call Disneyland âThe Happiest Place on Earth.â Come here on payday, and these people are wonderful,â Patrick Rolfes, the owner and CEO of CafÃ©jo, said.MORE NEWS: Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: 'I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out'
KCAL9âs Michele Gile reports that the OC Adult Achievement Center is welcoming other companies to come there and set up shop.