Ex-felons find sense of purpose and belonging at MaineWorks

Sep 13, 2016 No Comments by

The New York Times recently featured Alliance member MaineWorks as part of its Prototype series, describing the company’s mission to create job opportunities in commercial construction for individuals with criminal records stemming from substance abuse. Many of MaineWorks’ candidates are in recovery from addiction, and the opportunity to work is an invaluable part of that process.

The article also highlights the above minimum wage rates MaineWorks pays (typical of the alternative staffing sector), and the critical role of support services, “from a driver’s license to dentures to housing,” in helping workers move their lives forward.

MaineWorks founder Margo Walsh comments that securing business customers has “turned out to be the easy part,” in part due to changing attitudes toward addiction.

Read the full profile, A Temp Agency That Gives Ex-Inmates a Job, and a Ride to Work, at the New York Times.


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