Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the 2008 Power of Work Awards, marking the twelfth anniversary of its annual program honoring employers who help people with special needs overcome barriers to employment. They are:
• Castriota Metals & Recycling Inc., a scrap/recycling company with locations in Brookline and McKees Rocks, founded by Randy Castriota, and The Gym of Future Champs, an anti-crime/anti-drug/anti-gang youth boxing project launched by Larry Chisholm, an ex-convict who was befriended and assisted by Mr. Castriota.
• Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pleasant Hills, which employs 12 people with physical and/or mental disabilities, limited work experience or limited education and training.
• Turn Around Group, Inc., a commercial cleaning company in Warren, Ohio that serves accounts throughout northeast Ohio and western and north central Pennsylvania and actively recruits and hires individuals with barriers to employment including those with criminal backgrounds.
• Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., which serves vets who face various issues including physical and mental disabilities, homelessness, job loss, criminal backgrounds and alcohol and drug problems by providing a variety of services including housing, unemployment, clothing, furniture and other basic needs.
The winners were honored at a ceremony and reception at Carnegie Music Hall on October 23.