New Redding deli employs adults with disabilities

Jan 3, 2014 12:51 AM

A vocational school in Redding has found a creative solution to help its students find jobs.

Turbo'z Deli opened in downtown Redding in the Gateway building on Shasta and Market Streets.

The new business is staffed with adults with developmental disabilities who graduated from Premier Solutions' training program.

The non-profit school was started in 2010, right as the economy hit bottom.

"They're competing with people that have bachelor's degrees for entry level jobs, so what we did is we said, we'll just buy little businesses, we'll turn them around, and we'll provide the jobs for them," co-founder Debbie Larmour said.

Turbo'z Downtown is the third restaurant that Premier Solutions has opened in Redding.

It all started with the original Turbo'z and Toneez Pizza on Airport Road.

21-year-old Forrest Cochrane is a graduate of the training program, and is now an employee at Turbo'z.

He's come a long way since his first job at Toneez Pizza, where he started as a janitor.

"Now, I'm working here. And I'm just like, this is unbelievable, what else is going to happen? I just don't know what else to say. It's awesome working here. I like it," Cochrane said.

Turbo'z will staff four Premier Solutions graduates, including Cochrane, along with three mentors.


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