Shredding business offers work to disabled

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Communicare representative helps with employment connection

By Amber Coulter

Brandon Borders always liked working with his hands.


At 21 years old, the Breckinridge County resident was looking for a job that would let him perform manual labor and earn money for himself. That was complicated by his Tourette syndrome, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Borders’ Communicare representative paired with an Elizabethtown business to find a job where he can lift heavy objects and stay active the way he wants while earning a paycheck, despite his challenges.

Brenco Document Shredding hired Borders to carry boxes to the truck where the company shreds documents and to move shredded scraps to the back of the truck.

“I love it,” he said. “It’s fun.”

Co-owner Walter McDonald said after being a chaplain with the state for eight years he realized those who face challenges such as Borders need a hand up.

He worked with people with developmental disabilities.

“I know first-hand how hard it is for a person with a disability to get a real job,” he said.

That experience led McDonald to offer positions in his business to people with disabilities and help them find a place where they’ll be treated well and paid fairly.

“We feel very strongly about that,” he said.

There are no openings in the business at this time, he said.

If it grows, McDonald would like to hire more people who face challenges.

Borders has shown what a good job those with disabilities can do. He comes to work every day, does what he’s asked and loves what he does, McDonald said.

“Brandon’s a great guy,” he said. “He does a great job.”

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.