Seth Weshnak has worked at the ARC Thrift Store in Lakewood for nearly 6 years.
"This place has become my home away from home over the past few years and the employees here have become my extended family," said Weshnak, a cashier at the store. "Honestly I can't think of being happier at any other job."
He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism.
"I actually wasn't even diagnosed with it until middle school," said Weshnak. "My mom got tired of me counting how many times people said something in a movie so, she wanted to know why I did unusual stuff like that. Sure enough I have a disability."
He's well spoken and confident, but says before working at ARC he never really felt like he fit in.
"Around here I get to be my normal self and not be judged," he said. "Which is very nice. A lot of people don't understand that some of us are different and they judge us based on our lack of talent or lack of ability to be able to do certain things."
Weshnak says he's found his place in the world at ARC and is thankful for all the donations that have made that possible.
The thrift stores help people with disabilities just like him, either through employment or other programs. More than 300 of their 1,600 employees have some type of disability.
"I say that it's because of people like you we are able to make a living for ourselves, and we are able to stay employed as well. And we are extremely grateful for that."
You can help him and others this weekend by donating new or gently used clothing at 9Cares Colorado Shares. It's this Saturday, November 18, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
9NEWS will be at the following Metro area locations:
- 9NEWS Studios (Speer & Logan)
- Hilton Denver Inverness (East of I-25 and Dry Creek)
- Southwest Plaza (Wadsworth & Bowles)
- Pima Medical Institute (Mississippi & Potomac)
- American Furniture Warehouse (I-25 & 84th)
"I've been trying to be able to a part of a commercial or an advertisement or something like that for well, about the last 3 or 4 years, and now that I finally have the chance I'm taking full advantage of it," Weshnak joked. "Please keep the donations coming everybody we are truly appreciative. Thank you very much."