From left to right: Heri Garcia, Recycling Manager (started as an intern); LaTrice Thomas, Refurbishing Manager (started as an intern); and Cliff Lewis, Director of Refurbishing and Recycling.
ReliaTech, a nonprofit social enterprise of the Stride Center, held a grand opening event this week of its 5,200-square- foot Refurbishing, Recycling, and Distribution (RR&D) Center.
The center will allow ReliaTech to become more efficient by bringing all refurbished, recycled and distribution of computer equipment and supplies to one site.
“By expanding business capacity, ReliaTech will more than double the number of paid internships and jobs from 35 to 100 in the first 12 months for Stride Center graduates and students,” said Ben Delaney, CEO of ReliaTech.
“This experience is proven to help launch well-paid technology careers for low-income adults who have received certifications from the Stride Center. The RR&D will more than double the number of opportunities in Richmond and San Pablo.”
The RR&D Center was made possible by the sponsorship of Chevron Richmond and a grant from the San Francisco Foundation.
“Chevron is proud to support ReliaTech’s mission of providing high quality, professional and affordable computer repair services, internships and jobs for the Richmond community,” said Andrea Bailey, Chevron Richmond Community Engagement Manager. “Chevron recognizes that investments in job training and e-waste recycling are investments in Richmond’s future economic growth.”
This new warehouse space will enable ReliaTech to refurbish up to 10,000 electronic units annually and increase recycling from 61 tons in 2011 to 400 tons starting in 2012. The online sales department is expected to contribute $60,000 per year in revenue to the training, certification and job placement of low-income community residents throughout the Bay Area.
The center is available for drop-offs of corporate and personal unwanted electronics, including computers, networking gear, printers, stereo equipment, TVs, cables, and anything else with a cord or batteries except large appliances.
ReliaTech is located at 222 S. Garrard Blvd., Richmond. For information. go to www.stridecemter.org.