Adults with disabilities find opportunity at new Raleigh thrift store
Executive Director Chrystal Austin said, "The mission is to employ adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. We wanted to have more jobs for this population, because it's needed."
I'LL >>> MANY BUSINESSES IN THE STATE ONCE FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO FIND WORKERS. >> THE MISSION IS FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. >> Reporter: CRYSTAL AUSTIN OFFERS REAL LIFE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE THRIFT JOB. >> THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED REAL LIFE. YOU'RE IN REAL LIFE. >> I LIKE IT BECAUSE YOU CAN MEET NEW PEOPLE. >> Reporter: THIS SPACE REPRESENTS THE LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES WHO NOW EARN A PAYCHECK. >> WE LOOKED FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS USING SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT TO TRY AND FIND A JOB FOR HIM AND NOTHING WAS COMING TOGETHER. >> Reporter: HE'S NOW WORKING IN THE THRIFT STORE. >> THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO HELP SOMETHING GROW AGAIN. >> SOMETIMES THEY GET IT RIGHT AWAY. MOST TIME IT TAKES A LITTLE LONGER BUT I'M VERY PATIENT. >> Reporter: AUSTIN HOPES TO RECEIVE ENOUGH MATERIAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OPEN WITH 20 NEW EMPLOYEES. THEY ARE HAVING A SPECIAL SALE ON OCTOBER 23rd FOR ONE DAY. >> I LIKE WORKING.