Electronics Recycling Solutions has been acquired by Franklin-based Health Connect America in order to improve the jobs pipeline for Middle Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“ERS’s goal is simple: to create more jobs and training opportunities for adults with autism and other disabilities through the ethical recycling of electronic waste,” said ERS founder Rebeckah Dopp. “When you give someone a job, you give them hope for a future—hope for independence.”
Fewer than 20 percent of adults with autism are employed, and each year 50,000 Americans with autism turn 18. ERS, which has nine employees, has secured partners such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Smith Travel Research and currently serves five counties. With Health Connect America’s acquisition of ERS, Dopp will expand services to 10 Middle Tennessee counties.
Dopp will continue to oversee ERS operations as Vice President of Development for Achieve Independence, a subdivision of Health Connect America that works on job skills acquisition and socialization for TennCare-eligible individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“We are beyond excited to join with Electronics Recycling Solutions, a self-sustaining business focused on ethical electronics recycling that doubles as an environment to teach life-changing employment skills,” said Kristi Shain, Health Connect America President and CEO. “Rebeckah’s experience and credentials, paired with a relentless work ethic to make ERS a success, will be a great asset to the Health Connect team.”
Businesses and organizations interested in partnering with Health Connect America for electronics waste recycling can contact Dopp at [email protected]