By Mika Brzezinski Correspondent
updated 7/2/2007 1:13:18 PM ET
ANDERSON, S.C. —
For Julia Turner, who was born with Down syndrome, a full-time job might seem out of reach, but not here, at Walgreens’ first-of-its-kind Southeastern distribution center.
“I have found what I want, and I’m satisfied,” Turner said as she scanned boxes at the center, which officially opened June 14. The drugstore chain’s plan is to hire an 800-person workforce that is one-third disabled, but it is ahead of that goal, reporting that 42 percent of the 250 people it has hired so far have a physical or cognitive disability.
The Anderson facility is the first of what Walgreens’ parent, Walgreen Co. of Deerfield, Ill., envisions as a network of regional distribution centers where disabled employees are mainstreamed into the workforce....
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