By Leah Schmalz
For teens in high school, it can be difficult to choose a part time job, college and career from the multitude of available options. But for their peers with special needs like autism or Downs syndrome, the difficulty lies in finding those same opportunities.
That’s where ZABS Place at 100 North Trade in Matthews comes in. Opened in November of 2014, the thrift store fills a need in the community for employment training for young adults with special needs.
“We want to help them recognize their potential and realize their potential,” said Manager and Co-Founder Rochel Groner. The choice of a thrift shop was not random. Just as a secondhand store aims to uncover the hidden value of clothes, furniture and other used belongings, so ZABS Place seeks to reveal the unique abilities and potential of its employees. […]