When Fain Signature Group noticed a large increase in the amount of business, traffic, pedestrians and development along the Glassford Hill corridor, they knew the community would eventually see an increase in the amount of trash and debris that would come along with the growth. Always proactive, the company wanted to take a positive move toward taking care of the accumulating trash, and maintain Prescott Valley’s goal of remaining beautiful and inviting. Enter the forward-thinking mind of Brad Fain, CEO of Fain Signature Group. Fain realized that the solution to the growing trash problem could be a positive collaboration between his company and Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!). To Fain, YEI! was the obvious choice in trash collection along this strip of road. The company called upon the YEI! guys and gals to begin a partnership that helps Fain, helps YEI!, and helps the community in the true spirit of giving back—a spirit that embodies both businesses and the surrounding areas.
For this task, YEI! had the tools, training and experience to do the job—and to get the job done right. Says Jeff Wasowicz, Property Manager with Fain Signature Group, “We thought that YEI! would appreciate the work, and do a great job. We were right.” What Fain likes best about YEI! is their business plan. Adds Wasowicz, “YEI! lets people work and contribute to the community where they live. This allows all of the YEI! clients to feel like a part of the community, and not just someone standing on the sidelines waiting for a handout.”
The longtime friendship and partnership between Fain Signature Group and YEI! has been evident over the years. Says Wasowicz, “I’ve known YEI! Executive Director Brad Newman for many years. He’s very involved in all aspects of the community and there is really no way to avoid him! His work and dedication to YEI! is admirable, and he remains the chief architect of how that organization operates.”
Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!) is a charitable organization founded in 1974 to support adults with disabilities. YEI! has been providing job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services for these developmentally disabled adult residents of the cities and towns of the Central Highlands. Their program of “Developmental Employment” includes the award-winning “Community Contribution Corps” (community volunteer placements) and has been continually accredited at the highest level of service by the National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1978.