If you’re unfamiliar with the work Chase does here in Humboldt, for over 15 years they’ve been providing earnest jobs for community members with developmental disabilities. The company used the stolen trailer in question to trek around the county picking up paper documents in need of shredding. According the company’s co-founder Shannon Chase, the trailer is vital to the operation.
“This trailer is what they use in order to make money,” Chase writes as part of a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a new trailer. “Without it, numerous individuals will now be without work until we can raise the funds to replace it. Due to the confidentiality of the material being picked up it, it absolutely has to be transported in a covered, locked trailer, not just in the back of a truck or other open trailer. Our program is one of the only ones on the north coast that has always paid the individuals minimum wage or better for working. We don’t believe in sub minimum wage just because they have a disability. So they will be losing out on a substantial paycheck.”
If you feel so moved, you can donate to Chase Inc.’s GoFundMe here.