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Homeless Shelter Residents get Jobs at Collection Agency
August 28, 2006
by Mike Bevel, CollectionIndustry.com
A Washington state-based collection agency owner is pairing up with a faith-based homeless shelter to provide jobs for homeless people in the area.
Wayne Garlington is the owner of Accounts Receivable Inc., and sits on the board of Open House Ministries – both based in Vancouver, WA. He is currently employing five women to work as collection agents.
Garlington said he has been pleased with their performance. "They're not being handed something," he told the the Columbian News. "They really want to work."
The jobs not only give the women benefits, they also allow for them to increase their income through bonuses. The company collects on overdue accounts for the city of Vancouver and Clark Public Utilities, among others.
Garlington decided to try out the idea after hearing about a similar plan being carried out by a collection agency on the East Coast.