New shredding service creates job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities


Anthony Slavo loves what he does. When he is not working in the bottle redemption center, you can find him working with a new shredding machine. 

“I work hard and I like doing that because it’s my favorite job” said Slavo, an employee of Empties for Empower. 

Businesses, non-profit organizations, or anyone who wants to get rid of paper with confidential information on it, like tax documents, could benefit from using this service.

You will also support putting people with developmental disabilities to work at the same time. 

“The individuals here do get paid, we’re under Department of Labor regulations to pay them fairly and they love that paycheck, they’re so proud of that paycheck,” said Kim Kiely, Empower Director for Job Training and Day Programs. 

Empties for Empower employs people with a range of developmental disabilities like down syndrome and autism. 

The Empower Agency helps hundreds of people with disabilities throughout Western New York each year. 

“Our individuals don’t get that kind of support in the community so when they get it here, then they actually get the skills to be independent later,” said Kiely. 

It’s not only teaching them skills, like customer service, 

Empties for Empower is open from 8:30 am to 2 pm Monday-Friday and from 9 am to 12:45 pm on Saturdays.

The two locations are at 4701 Military Road in the Town of Niagara and 3571 Niagara  Falls Blvd. in North Tonawanda. 

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