Second Chance Employment

At Dave’s Killer Bread, we believe in Second Chance Employment: hiring the best person for the job, regardless of criminal background. Having a job provides more than just a paycheck: it provides stability and purpose. When people with a criminal background return from prison, their path to a better future greatly depends on a job - a Second Chance. After 15 years in prison, that’s just what Dave’s Killer Bread co-founder Dave Dahl got when his older brother Glenn welcomed him back to the family bakery. Dave went on to create what has become the No. 1-selling organic bread in the nation and inspire a legacy of Second Chances at the company. Today, between 30 and 40 percent of the more than 250 employee-partners at our Oregon bakery have a criminal background. They hold positions ranging from entry level jobs to management roles, responsible for critical bakery operations.

But Second Chance Employment is more than just providing job opportunities. Dave’s Killer Bread has benefited tremendously from the “attitude of gratitude” that employee-partners with criminal backgrounds bring to the job, and has garnered a loyal fanbase who vocally support our hiring practices. Dave’s Killer Bread has witnessed the power of business to impact lives, reduce recidivism, and strengthen communities through Second Chance Employment.

 

Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation

The Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging and inspiring Second Chance Employment. With an emphasis on collaborating with businesses, government agencies and nonprofits focused on solutions to the myriad of issues a returning citizen faces after incarceration, the Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation curates best employment practices in partnership with businesses who are already committed to thoughtful employment. Resources include the Second Chance Employer Roadmap, designed with reentry, criminal justice, business and human resource experts to helps employers develop a more complete understanding of the why and how to implement Second Chance Employment within their organizations..

 

People with Potential

Read inspirational stories of triumph and redemption from Dave’s Killer Bread employees at: www.daveskillerbread.com/secondchances

    “It's a blessing to be working with Dave’s. It feels good to finally be in a position where your work and your attitude speaks for itself; it’s not about your past. I don't want to go back to when I was making bad choices. At Dave’s, the way I've changed is really being seen. It’s humbled me, knowing that my work just speaks for itself.”    – Rashaan, Assistant Supervisor

“It's a blessing to be working with Dave’s. It feels good to finally be in a position where your work and your attitude speaks for itself; it’s not about your past. I don't want to go back to when I was making bad choices. At Dave’s, the way I've changed is really being seen. It’s humbled me, knowing that my work just speaks for itself.”

– Rashaan, Assistant Supervisor

    “When I was re-entering the workplace, it was place after place. Either they accepted felons, but they weren't hiring anymore because they were fully staffed, or my background would come up. I had gone to college. I had experience. I had knowledge. It's that piece of paper that made it so hard. Employment doors are huge for people. I mean, you can work on yourself, work on your relationships and make amends…you can do all the work you want.”    – Elizabeth, Stock Specialist/Community Outreach

“When I was re-entering the workplace, it was place after place. Either they accepted felons, but they weren't hiring anymore because they were fully staffed, or my background would come up. I had gone to college. I had experience. I had knowledge. It's that piece of paper that made it so hard. Employment doors are huge for people. I mean, you can work on yourself, work on your relationships and make amends…you can do all the work you want.”

– Elizabeth, Stock Specialist/Community Outreach

    “If I hadn't gotten the job at Dave's Killer Bread I probably wouldn’t have made it. The people that I work with, that are in recovery like me, we're helping each other feel encouraged and capable and tall. Because of this job I'm alive. It's pretty profound."    – Heather, Line Lead/Trainer

“If I hadn't gotten the job at Dave's Killer Bread I probably wouldn’t have made it. The people that I work with, that are in recovery like me, we're helping each other feel encouraged and capable and tall. Because of this job I'm alive. It's pretty profound."

– Heather, Line Lead/Trainer