By Kimberly Paulk, SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.
We hear a lot about the unemployment rate in the media these days. Here’s another number for you: only 17.1% of disabled adults were employed nationally in 2014. That means the unemployment rate for that group is over 82%. Yikes.
Now let’s talk about ZABS, an upscale thrift boutique and employment training center for young adults with autism and other special needs. While many of these individuals have unique talents, the majority of jobs available to them are janitorial positions and bagging groceries. ZABS works to serve as a stepping stone to future employment opportunities.
Visiting ZABS at its Downtown Matthews location is a friendly experience. It starts at the front door with the cheerful “open” sign and continues inside, where you’re greeted as soon as you walk in. I wish I’d had a little more time to stay and shop; ZABS is brightly decorated and filled with clothing, furniture, books, home decor and one-of-a-kind creations made by local young adults with special needs.
ZABS envisions a community where young adults with special needs can transition from high school to the adult working world with dignity. Interested in learning more? Visit SHARE Charlotte for more information, or check out the opportunities below.
Intern Opportunity – perfect for college students interested in counseling and mentoring. Provides an opportunity to work with special-needs adults.
Go shopping! – visit ZABS at 100 N. Trade Street in Downtown Matthews.