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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County has entered into a contract for laundry services with ACCSES NJ (Association for Choices in Community Supports and Employment Services), a non-profit corporation that engages organizations serving people with disabilities in order to provide employment opportunities for their clients.

ACCSES NJ will be providing laundry services to Mercer County Correction Center under a two-year contract beginning Dec. 15, 2011. The contract, unanimously approved by the Board of Chosen Freeholders at its Dec. 8, 2011 meeting, is for $94,371.

“When we did not receive a response to our advertised bid for laundry services, NJ ACCSES was brought to our attention and we were eager to give them the opportunity to submit a proposal,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Mercer County fully supports ACCSES’s mission to provide employment opportunities for New Jersey citizens with disabilities. With the right training and support, individuals with physical and mental challenges often welcome the chance to develop a new skill, receive a paycheck and share in the social networking found in the workplace.”

ACCSES NJ enjoys a special designation of the State of New Jersey to administer State set-aside programs for persons with disabilities.

Added Hughes, “Not only did ACCSES offer us a price that was significantly lower than our expired contract, ACCSES pays special attention to the use of non-polluting, hypoallergenic and non-toxic ingredients in all of its products and services.

ACCSES declares its program reduces unemployment among people with disabilities and employs more than 4,000 New Jersey citizens, resulting in a $32 million reduction in government entitlements. ACCSES states its program was responsible for $8.9 million in savings to New Jersey taxpayers in 2010.

Information about ACCSES can be found at www.accesnj.org.