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Detroit-area non-profit creates jobs with old tires

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 08:49 PM EDT
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DETROIT (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Detroit area non-profit is creating jobs by re-purposing old tires.

They collect the tires from the street and turn them into mud mats and sandals.

The idea came from people who noticed sandals made out of tires in other countries like Kenya and Mexico.

Cass Community Services turned to the University of Michigan to help them make a product they could sell.

"We have 80 people working here, soon to be 100. We employ people for whom employment has been hard to get," said the Rev. Faith Fowler, with Cass Community Services. "Maybe they don't have a high school diploma, they can't read, or perhaps homeless."

So far, the program has been a success.

Detroit is getting rid of illegally dumped tires adding to the city's blight, and employers are getting a fresh start.
Detroit-area non-profit creates jobs with old tires
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