White Plains Linen and Keon Center Team Up to Develop Employees
Physical challenges have never gotten in the way of one White Plains Linen employee who has combined hard work and dedication to build his career.
Henry Contreras Torres works full-time as a Floor Man at the tri-state area’s premier linen supply provider headquartered in Peekskill, NY. In the garment department, he is responsible for affixing appropriate bar code tags to garments that White Plains Linen wash and deliver to customers. Henry usually operates two heat presses at a time despite having only one arm.
Henry has become a valuable and hard-working employee at White Plains Linen, Peekskill’s largest employer, but he may have never had this opportunity if not for The Keon Center’s Pathways to Employment Services program.
The Keon Center, located in Peekskill, NY, is an exemplary non-profit agency that has been serving the developmentally disabled since 1954. They do so by providing comprehensive and vocational life skills training in a supportive environment, with a group of dedicated staff.
When they launched their Pathways to Employment Servicesprogram, which connects interested businesses with students at The Keon Center by providing them with a variety of employment opportunities, White Plains Linen was quick to participate.
The relationship expands beyond Henry’s employment. White Plains Linen also sponsored The Keon Center’s annual golf outing last month and also supplied linens and napkins for the center’s holiday party.
This is just the beginning as these John Walsh Boulevard neighbors have laid the foundation for a long-lasting relationship to develop new qualified workers with a pipeline down the street towards full-time employment.
“I am very proud of the partnership that we have with the Keon Center,” said White Plains Linen CEO Bruce Botchman. “It has been my experience that their clients are dedicated and hardworking and are just looking for someone to give them a chance to show it. That has certainly been the case with Henry.”