Early this summer, Mutton Party and Tent Rental hired three consumers from Easterseals Arc.
Tony, Stephen and Drake each work three six-hour shifts each week. Sometimes it’s physically demanding work. They might transfer loads weighing several hundred pounds on rolling pallets, or unroll waterlogged drop cloths to dry in the sun in Mutton’s parking lot, or wash more than a thousand folding chairs, or fold up heavy tarps that cover hundreds of square feet.
“It’s been pretty good. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff,” Stephen said.
“It’s hard work, but it’s fairly easy to accomplish,” Tony said. “It can be hard on the feet, but it’s very peaceful. Everyone here is friendly. It’s the kind of work environment I like.”
Leah Mutton said that Tony and Stephen were hired first. Supervisors at the business were so pleased with their work that they came back to Easterseals, seeking more help. Drake also is taking to the new work well.
“I think it’s really fun, and it’s a lot of hard work,” he said. “I washed a thousand chairs yesterday.”
With that, Drake slid off his shoes and climbed through the flap door of an inflatable bounce-house. Although the afternoon was heating up quickly, the bounce-house’s mesh walls let every breeze flow through, and its roof shaded him as he vacuumed grass clippings tracked in by people using the house on its last rental.
Finding good workers is especially helpful for the company in the summer. Mutton Party and Tent Rental has about 50 employees, and the workload is greatest in the summer. Not only are there more weddings, parties, company picnics and graduation celebrations, but there are large special events, too.
Drake and Stephen helped clean and stow equipment used in Sweetwater’s Gearfest. In August, the company will supply many tents used at the Indiana State Fair. There’s going to be plenty of work to do, and the crew at Mutton is pleased to have help they found through Easterseals Arc.
“I think they’ve been good,” said warehouse manager Craig Schroeder of the new hires from Easterseals Arc.