29 Jan '15, 5pm

Felons, addicts, immigrants: This bakery will hire anyone

Felons, addicts, immigrants: This bakery will hire anyone

There are millions of people in America that lack the means to feed their families legally. That’s the claim made by Dion Drew, who speaks from personal experience rather than statistical authority. Drew grew up in the projects and started selling drugs when he was 15, then bounced in and out of jail for nearly 20 years. Finally, he decided he wanted to do whatever was necessary to stay on the right side of the law. But of course no business owner wanted to hire an ex-convict. No business except one. For the last 30 years, Greyston Bakery, in Yonkers, N.Y., has made it a policy to hire anyone who comes in the door, without asking questions or even looking at a resume. As a result, Greyston has a staff of former addicts, felons, and immigrants — people normally considered unemployable. This staff of workers makes food that you’ve probably eaten: They provide all the brownie...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/felons-addicts-immigrants-this-bake...

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