BUFFALO, N.Y. - At Diversified Labor Solutions (DLS), part of the Cantalician Center inside the Tri-Main Center in Buffalo, people with disabilities and many refugees are finding work.
The jobs are entry level. Much of the work is light industrial, packaging and manufacturing for companies that need products boxed.
Ibrahim Diriye, production supervisor, speaks with excitement. It took him eight years to come to the United States from Somaliland , while unsure if his wife and kids were alive.
"I suppose to work, if I don't get a job, I can't do nothing for my family," he said.
He's learned skills and is now a supervisor of production. Diriye also recruits refugees to work at DLS.
"What we provide for the refugee community is that entry level position so that when they come in here with limited English skills, limited work backgrounds, we're able to work with that," said Darren Lisicki, director of employment services, Diversified Labor Solutions.
Over 600 refugees have been hired over the last five years.
Some workers are also dealing with various physical and mental disabilities, but they are able to work. 20-year old Chris Smith is one of the hardest working people as he moves pallets around and unloads them from an elevator and into a warehouse. He is a representative for people with disabilities on the DLS Board of Directors.
Cantalician Center is one of the first agencies in New York to implement community-based, long-term jobs for people with disabilities.
"Our whole goal is to get these people, get experience, but ultimately getting them placed at another job that they really want to work at as their kind of career choice," according to Lisicki.
DLS is looking for laborers to complete light assembly work. There are three shifts available at locations in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.
You can apply at the Tri-Main Center location or call (716) 710-5460. You may also apply online at www.CantalicianCenter.org.