• News Release: 4/30/2019

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    April 30, 2019

    Did you know that  up to 80 percent of individuals with autism are unemployed or underemployed? 


    Spectrum Thrift store, a non-profit group located in Fruit Cove, FL, has a mission to change these statistics. The store hires students with autism and developmental delays and provides additional on the job training to ensure students can be successful in the workplace.


    In addition to hiring younger students with autism, Spectrum Thrift Store works with college grads to design internship programs that help direct them towards their long term career path in other fields.


    On Friday May 10, Jacksonville area residents will have a unique opportunity to meet students who benefit from this on the job training, as well as  hear from former employees who have successfully transitioned to other jobs in the community.


     A Time to Shine provides a showcase opportunity that includes dinner, fashion, and fundraising—all in one entertaining evening.  Students will show off their talents while modeling fashion from the storefront.


    The event will take place Friday, May 10 from 6-8:30 pm at University of North Florida’s John A Delaney Student Union.


    The public is invited to promote employment opportunities for individuals with autism by purchasing tickets for the dinner/fashion show or considering a donation to support the cause at http://www.spectrumthriftjax.org.

    Mark and Alisa Tillman, Founders, Spectrum Thrift Store
    (904) 342-2528