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Becoming Independent wins County of Sonoma shredding business

January 10, 2020

New contract with BI expands program to 52 new county office locations. 

Becoming Independent (BI), the Santa Rosa-based nonprofit social impact organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has reached an agreement with County of Sonoma to be the exclusive shredding vendor to the county.  This contract expands the relationship to 52 new locations throughout the county.

To celebrate this new contract, and the new year, BI is hosting a free “Shred-a-thon” on Friday, January 10 at 1425 Corporate Center Parkway in Santa Rosa.  From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., anyone in the community can bring up to three banker’s boxes of documents for free secure shredding and environmentally responsible disposal.  Event details at

BI has operated a successful confidential document-shredding business since 1999, employing adults with disabilities in every aspect of the service. In early 2019, BI purchased through grant funding a mobile document destruction truck that provides enhanced security and efficiency to meet the needs of their growing customer base. BI already provides shredding services to St. Joseph Medical Group, GHD, as well as other area organizations.

“We’re excited about growing our shredding enterprise and being able to provide more employment and training opportunities to BI clients,” said Luana Vaetoe, CEO of Becoming Independent. “The recent addition of our mobile shred truck provides us with infrastructure and operational capacity to efficiently and effectively service customers at a single location, as well as those with multiple locations across county lines.”

The contract is effective immediately and runs through Nov. 30, 2020, with an option to extend another year.