Henry Contreras Torres works as a floor man, responsible for affixing appropriate barcode tags to garments at White Plains Linen.

Physical challenges have never gotten in the way of one White Plains Linen employee who has combined hard work and dedication to build his career.

Henry Contreras Torres works full-time as a floor man at the tri-state areas premier linen supply provider, headquartered right here in Peekskill. In the garment department, he is responsible for affixing appropriate bar code tags to garments that White Plains Linen washes and delivers to customers. Henry usually operates two heat presses simultaneously,despite having only one arm.

Henry has become a valuable and hard-working employee at White Plains Linen, Peekskills largest employer, but he may have never had this opportunity if not for the Keon CentersPathways to Employment Servicesprogram.

The Keon Center, located in Peekskill, is an exemplary non-profit agency that has been serving the developmentally disabled since 1954. They do so by providing comprehensive vocational life skills training in a supportive environment, with a group of dedicated staff.

When they launched theirPathways to Employment Servicesprogram,which connects interested businesses with students at the Keon Center by providing them with a variety of employment opportunities, White Plains Linen was quick to participate.

White Plains Linen sponsored Keons annual golf outing in June and also supplied linens and napkins for the centers holiday party.

This is just the beginning, as these John Walsh Boulevard neighbors have laid the foundation for a long-lasting relationship to develop qualified workers with a pipeline leading towards full-time employment.

I am very proud of the partnership that we have with the Keon Center,said White Plains Linen CEO Bruce Botchman.It has been my experience that their clients are dedicated and hardworking and are just looking for someone to give them a chance to show it. That has certainly been the case with Henry.

Editor’s Note: This article was provided by White Plains Linen.

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