Comstock's magazine 1218 - December 2018 - Page 97

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT PRIDE Industries COMMUNITY STRENGTH, NATIONWIDE IMPACT E PICTURED ABOVE [L-R]: BOB OLSEN, CHAIRMAN, PRIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS | JEFF DERN, PRESIDENT, PRIDE INDUSTRIES | MIKE ZIEGLER, CEO, PRIDE INDUSTRIES veryone benefits from the sense communities through integrated facilities of worth and contribution that a services, custodial and environmental job provides, but for people with services, electronics manufacturing, “ disabilities, securing employment can be supply chain and kitting, fulfillment and difficult. In addition, businesses without the distribution services, and direct staffing insight of how people with disabilities are services. Headquartered in Roseville, PRIDE suited to various roles may be overlooking operates contracts throughout California ideal job candidates. PRIDE Industries and 13 other states. addresses the problem of underemployment of individuals with disabilities by creating opportunities through social enterprise. “We wouldn’t have accomplished all we have without this community’s support,” says Ziegler. “We are one of the largest PRIDE is a community success story that nonprofit employers of people with has achieved national relevance. Founded disabilities in the nation, and we didn’t in a church basement in Auburn, California attain that alone – we got there with the by parents of adult children with disabilities help of this incredible community.” in 1966, PRIDE’s foundation is unwavering. “Our mission has never changed,” says CEO Mike Ziegler. “PRIDE exists to create jobs for people with disabilities.” Nationwide, however, about 32 million — MIKE ZIEGLER ” CEO, PRIDE Industries people of working age have a disability. Of those people, there is a 74 percent unemployment rate, making them Today PRIDE has about $340 million in the country’s largest disenfranchised sales and employs more than 6,000 people, population. Looking to the future, PRIDE is with more than half having a disability or developing a people services aspect to help barrier to employment. PRIDE provides companies understand how to best employ contracting solutions that help businesses people in need of an opportunity. make a difference in their organizations and PRIDE exists to create jobs for people with disabilities. 10030 Foothills Boulevard Roseville, CA 95747 800.550.6005 prideindustries.com | prideindustries.org December 2018 | comstocksmag.com 97