Rick Pillans and the staff of Threshold Recycling Services received a
cash award from the US Department of Agriculture Tuesday, as part of
the agency's celebration of Earth Day. (Photo by
Threshold Gets Loan, Grant To Pay For Building
Threshold Services Employs People With Disabilities
non-profit community recycling center in Kodiak that employs disabled
workers, received a big financial gift from the US Department of
Agriculture this Earth Day. In all, Threshold Services is getting a
little more than 389-thousand dollars to purchase its building--an old
two story warehouse--and the land that it sits on. KMXT’s Casey Kelly
accepting the award from the USDA, Threshold’s Program Director Rick
Pillans called his employees up to the front of the room with him for
some well-deserved praise. He reminded the crowd that although
recycling is the main service of Threshold, its primary mission is
putting developmentally or physically disabled people to work.
(Pillans 1 :20s “…a hand. [clapping fades]”)
Padgett, director of USDA’s Alaska Rural Development office in Palmer,
was on hand for the ceremony. He said the money going to Threshold is
part of 164-million dollars that the agency is handing out nationwide
on Earth Day, for rural infrastructure projects that help the
environment. It’s a bonus, he says, that the money will serve
Threshold’s dual purposes.
(Padgett 1 :16s “…so much good work.”)
the ceremony, Padgett said USDA’s Rural Development office is aware of
the challenges facing small, remote communities in terms of disposing
of solid waste, and he thinks the program at Threshold can serve as a
model for success in other places.
(Padgett 2 :08s “…big small or otherwise.”)
41-thousand dollars of the award is a grant that Threshold won’t have
to pay back. The rest is a low interest loan, which Pillans says will
be cheaper to pay off every month than the non-profit had been paying
in rent. He says the risk of buying the building is worth it.
(Pillans 2 :20s “…for people with disabilities.”)
of the money will also be used to make improvements to the building,
which is likely to see larger loads in the coming years as people
increase the amount of recycling that they do. Pillans says the more
people recycle, the better program Threshold will be.
(Pillans 3 :34s “…this a successful program.”)
all, 16 disabled workers are employed by Threshold, which partners with
other non-profits and businesses in the Kodiak community.
I’m Casey Kelly.