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BFAIR Purchases Redemption Center in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources Inc. (BFAIR) purchased the bottle and can redemption center at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. in North Adams from David Moresi of Moresi & Associates.

“BFAIR has a great relationship with Mr. Moresi. We have been working together for several years managing the customer-service portion of the business, and when the redemption center became available for sale, he approached BFAIR,” said Rich Weisenflue, BFAIR CEO. “We are grateful for this opportunity to continue to provide employment for individuals with disabilities while also playing an important role in North Berkshire.”

According to Theresa Gelinas, senior vice president, Day Services at BFAIR, “the employees acquire customer-service skills with the support of BFAIR’s employment-program staff, assisting the general public redeeming cans and bottles, as well as playing a positive role in our community with respect to the environment by reducing waste and promoting reuse of containers. Our redemption center also serves as a great stepping stone for people with disabilities acquiring work skills moving on to competitive employment.”

Anyone who would like to redeem or donate the proceeds from recycling bottles and/or cans to BFAIR should drop them off at the redemption center at 1000 Massachusetts Ave.

Since 1994, BFAIR has provided adult family care; residential, in-home clinical services; employment; and day services for adults and children with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, and autism, as well as home-care services for older adults.