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Carlucci Cuts the Ribbon on Just-A-Buck Store

Carlucci Cuts the Ribbon on Just-A-Buck Store

Camp Venture welcomed Senator David Carlucci as it’s guest of honor on July 13, as the agency launched it’s Just-A-Buck franchise store in the Rosman Center off Route 202 in Garnerville (in the center with Shoprite and CVS).  There to cut the ribbon on this new and exciting business venture, the Senator was not only instrumental in securing an economic development grant for this project but has been an important figure in New York State politics in his innovative leadership in supporting community work opportunities for people with disabilities.

Just-A-Buck, America’s premier dollar store retailer, will now have a franchise store in Rockland. And, manning the cash register and stocking the shelves are some very able workers, some with and some without disabilities.

“Mostly Camp Venture has run programs but what many of our people want are real jobs and real opportunities to work and to be a part of the community,” explains Dan Lukens Camp Venture’s Executive Director. “And, in that regard, having a community store has been a kind of unrealized dream for us that goes back more than 30 years. This is something we always wanted to do but could never realize and so we are grateful to Senator Carlucci for his support and to our partners, Just-A-Buck, for making this happen,” he said.

“We needed a way to move on from our sheltered workshop and to help our people get into community jobs,” said Camp Venture’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Nolte. “Partnering with Just-A-Buck not only offered the kind of business expertise we needed, they also shared our sense of mission and that made them the people we wanted to work with.”

Headquartered in New Windsor, New York, Just-A-Buck has successful franchise stores across the country, several of which are operated through partnerships with agencies like Camp Venture.

“We recognize the foresight of Camp Venture, to establish a Just A Buck store which will be the venue to train and employ Individuals in an integrated environment”, said Steven Bakst, president of Just-A-Buck

“Just-A-Buck, strongly supports employing people with disabilities in the community and will continue to strive to create additional opportunities to people, not with disabilities, but rather with abilities”, said Rochelle Bakst, Vice President of Just-A-Buck stores.

 The Just A Buck store is open 7 days a week and, as its name implies, everything is a dollar without exception.

 “Our store workers have something to prove and that I think will be evident by merchandise which is neater and better presented than any store around and by exceptional service,” said Sue Blanchard who runs Camp Venture’s employment programs. Imelda, a new employee, agrees: ” I am so excited about my new job. I can’t wait to work the cash register,” she said.

The Grand Opening event brought together not only the Camp Venture agency staff and Just-A-Buck corporate officials but a community of people including Haverstraw Town officials, Rosman Center people and host of others who mingled and got to know the store associates who proudly played hosts. And, as the invitees greeted each other, shoppers kept the store staff busy.

“Today we can what we couldn’t before, “ said Dan Lukens. “More importantly though today some of our employees have a new opportunity to be something more than they were and that makes today a very special day, indeed.”

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