A couple weeks ago at change.org, Matt Kelley reported comments made by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to business leaders at a Chicago luncheon. Fitzgerald exhorted them to hire felons. According to Kelley, Fitzgerald maintains that "only by offering parolees with options for a post-prison life can we begin to ease the crush of our overcrowded cells and our overheated corrections budgets." Kelley's report went on,
While there are felons who don't want to return to the gang life, Fitzgerald said, they're released back into a neighborhood lacking infrastructure and support. They see no other opportunities, he said. "When they got there, they tried to open the door, and it was locked," he said.It's a message big business needs to hear. And big business might take its cue from a new small company in Colorado Springs, Freely Working, LLC., that offers competitive rates for all types of cleanup and hauling. Here's how this new small business describes itself:
Our company is based on the belief that honest employment will provide the support needed to prevent recidivism. We are dedicated to the idea that we can and will reenter society as working and contributing members. Our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We are people who have been incarcerated. We offer safe, secure and premier service. We transport our workers to and from your site, guaranteeing that they will arrive on time, ready to work. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
The need for the services provided by this idealistic young company is skyrocketing as our economic downturn continues, as homes and commercial properties fall into default and suffer the seemingly inevitable decline that accompanies vacancy. Absent landlords and managers of foreclosed properties who retain the services of Freely Working preserve the value of their properties and the neighborhoods around them while unlocking the door of opportunity for those working to repair broken lives.