Another example of an auto dealer helping the community:
Dan Quirk's Quirk Chevrolet Buick in Manchester, NH, includes a new 1950s-style diner that operates through a partnership between the dealer and the Moore Center Services, which helps people with developmental disabilities.
Moore clients staff the eatery that features chrome fixtures, neon lights and a breakfast and lunch menu for the dealership's customers and 150 employees.
Quirk, who owns eight dealerships in Massachusetts, purchased the Manchester store in November. Quirk paid to build the diner. The Moore Center keeps the profits and doesn't pay rent. Quirk has a similar setup at one of his dealerships in Braintree, MA.
“I'm grateful that there's a place like the Moore Center,” he tells the Manchester Union-Leader. “It's not only good for the Moore Center people, it's also good for me because the employees take advantage of the opportunity to have this resource and so do my customers.”
The diner is staffed by two Moore Center clients and a coach who gives them support and guidance.
Quirk says: “People with a disability need a chance. I just believe if people are willing to help themselves, why wouldn't you give them an opportunity? I'm lucky I'm in a position that I can provide this opportunity.”