Craig When Scott Fasken was little, he had a friend in the sixth grade who developed a brain disease.
"It took her back to being 6 years old," Fasken said.
When Horizons approached him about hiring some of their clients, Fasken said he looked back on his experience and didn't hesitate to accept.
"I know how important it is for those people with disabilities to find work," Fasken said. "They need work and support."
His and his wife's Grand Junction-based company, Colorado Document Security, plan to start hiring Horizons clients to do ride-alongs when its truck comes to Moffat and Routt counties to shred sensitive files.
Horizons clients would help employees take documents to the van where they are shredded.
Horizons is a group worth supporting, Fasken said.
"They do such good work and they need all the help they can" get, he said.
Fasken and Horizons plan to start the program in early January, he said.
In addition to paying whoever helps with the truck, Document Security agreed to donate a percentage of the profits it garners in Moffat and Routt counties.
"We're going to give donations off anything in the counties, not just the ones Horizons brings to us," Fasken said. "We want to help develop that program so it can help more people."
This would be the first time Horizons has had such an agreement, Executive Director Susan Mizen said.
"We have people working in private businesses in Craig," Mizen said. "We've never had an agreement quite like this."
Originally, Horizons visited with a nonprofit group in Denver that had started its own paper-shredding company. Unfortunately, Mizen said, the start-up costs looked like too much for Horizons to bear.
That's when the Denver people put her in touch with Fasken.
"He is just a really great guy and wanted to do something to help our cause up here," Mizen said. "And it helps his business, too, so it's a mutually beneficial situation."
Fasken does a diverse business in Craig, from city and county agencies to businesses in different industries, he said.
Fasken also is planning a free paper-shredding day, first in Craig and then Steamboat Springs after tax season. He wants to provide an opportunity for anyone with documents they don't feel comfortable throwing away to dispose of them more safely, he said.
He and his wife like to visit the area, he added.
"I like to come to Craig because they think about people there," Fasken said. "People are pleasant. People are kind."
Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org