NORMAN — Disabled adults don't want special treatment, but they do want to be treated like everyone else, says the manager of ReRun Junction, a thrift store run by developmentally disabled adults.
At ReRun Junction, employees with disabilities greet customers, sort donations, stock shelves and operate a cash register. They earn a salary, pay taxes and gain a sense of purpose, manager Dolly Triplett said.
The store at 325 E Comanche St. and its employees received the city's annual Human Rights Award and were recognized during last week's city council meeting.
Kay Ham, chairman of the city's Human Rights Commission, said the store has empowered disadvantaged adults to reach their full potential.
“It gives them a sense of pride and purpose, and of a job well done,” she said.
Nathan Putnam, who has worked at the store nearly two years, said he loves greeting customers and showing them around.
“Everyone is so friendly here. I believe in this store. People with disabilities deserve to work just like everyone else,” Putnam said.
Dorothy Akerman, whose daughter Sandy works at the store, serves as a job coach.
“It's a wonderful organization. I wish more people knew we were here,” she said.