Second Didlake-owned The UPS Store in the region provides training and job opportunities for people with disabilities
Didlake Inc., a Virginia-based non-profit that connects people with disabilities to employment, education and opportunities throughout the National Capital region, today announced the purchase of The UPS Store 6631 located at the Center at Innovation, 9994 Sowder Village Square in Manassas.
It becomes the second UPS franchise owned by Didlake, and is one of just five UPS stores in the U.S. owned and operated by a non-profit organization. Didlake opened its first UPS store in 2015 at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, and like that location, the Manassas store will employ approximately 8 staff, including those of varying abilities who will receive valuable job training and work experience. In addition, 100 percent of profits from Didlake’s The UPS Stores will support programs that create opportunities for people with disabilities.
“We are thrilled with the opportunities The UPS Stores provide for employment and training,” said Didlake Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing Erika Spalding. “The new store will continue to provide great service to The UPS Store customers in the area, and will also serve as a springboard for people with disabilities as they gain experience in the workforce.”
The UPS Store is an ideal fit for Didlake, which has more than 25 years of experience managing federal mailroom and copy center operations across Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Along with the company’s document imaging business, and specialized large format/oversize imaging expertise, Didlake continues to expand its services to meet the needs of customers in and around Prince William County while creating opportunities for people with disabilities in our community.
“Expect all the great products and services you’ve come to know from The UPS Stores nationwide,” said store Business Manager April Chervenka, “but with the extra commitment and attention that our team in Manassas will provide.”
Didlake will celebrate a ribbon cutting at The UPS Store at the Center at Innovation and the 29th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act with the Prince William Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 26th at 8:30 a.m. With the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m., Chamber members, as well as members of the community, are invited to join us for this event.