When people with a criminal background are ready to change, their path to something greater depends on a second chance. After 15 years in prison, that’s just what Dave’s Killer Bread founder Dave Dahl got when his brother Glen welcomed him back to the family bakery. Dave went on to create the No. 1-selling organic bread in the nation and inspire a legacy of second chances at the company where today 1 in 3 of the more than 300 employee-partners has a criminal background.
Now, after more than a decade of employing people with criminal backgrounds, Dave’s Killer Bread is promoting the potential of business and a living wage to reduce recidivism, the far-too-common relapse of people back into a life of crime.
Second Chance Employment
Dave’s Killer Bread sees the power of business to impact lives and communities through Second Chance Employment, the hiring of people with criminal backgrounds. A living wage and the sense of belonging that comes from employment and career advancement opportunities can be the deciding factors in whether someone with a criminal background will break through to a new life or return to criminal activity. At Dave’s Killer Bread, a living wage is paired with progressive employment policies, in-house resources, hard and soft skills training and peer support networks.
The foundation’s mission is to expand employment opportunities for people with criminal backgrounds. The foundation builds replicable, sustainable solutions for any organization looking to adopt Second Chance Employment. Resources include the Second Chance Employment Playbook and Workshop, designed with reentry, criminal justice, business and human resource experts to demonstrate how to incorporate Second Chance Employment, and The Second Chance Employer Network, a professional forum for Second Chance Employers to share ideas and troubleshoot challenges related to employing people with criminal backgrounds.
Second Chance Summit
An annual education and outreach event, the Second Chance Summit is designed for employers looking to improve or introduce Second Chance Employment in their organizations. The full-day event includes compelling speakers, networking opportunities and group conversations. The next event will be held Oct. 16, 2015, in Portland, Ore.
Dave’s Killer Bread calls on consumers to pledge their support for Second Chance Employment and help motivate others at: www.change.org/p/i-believe-in-second-chances
Inspirational stories of triumph and redemption from Dave’s Killer Bread employees at: www.secondchanceproject.com