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It can be difficult to find a steady job with impeccable references, education and experience in an economy that is averse to giving second chances. The problem is magnified if one does not possess the skills that make employers review curriculum vitae for a reason to schedule an interview appointment. People in desperate need of a single opportunity to put their life on the path of productivity and self-worth are left behind, incarcerated in a cell made from our own prejudices.
The only way this can change is if people are willing to alter the system, setting aside the belief that someone has been tainted if they lack skill or committed a crime. Thomas Meehan of Clearwater, Florida is willing to believe in the untested, the individuals who are working to earn their place back in society and he even manages to find and optimize the skills of a few misfit toys. His innate belief that everyone deserves a chance has resulted in twenty-five years of success in business, and building the success of hundreds of people who may have once simply fallen backward into poverty or crime.
The excerpt which follows is taken directly from an employee of Thomas Meehan, her name has been changed to allow a level of anonymity. If you have any questions for the employee, or would like to ask Thomas Meehan his opinion about hiring individuals who are on work release, please tweet all requests to @tom_p_meehan. If you have an arrest record, have a family member on work release or are yourself on probation, Meehan insists that you do not hesitate to sell your skills and your story.
This is the story of Sarah, an employee of Thomas Meehan:
I really don’t know how or where to begin this, I know that I have thanked you so many times for what you have done.
I was hired by the company in October 2011. I was in Work-Release during that time. So, being that I had already been fired from AGR for low production, I was really scared that I would not make it here. After, I was told I was hired and that my training would begin the following week I thought this would be like the AGR experience.
I have to tell you I was totally wrong! Josh did our training session and it was AWESOME. It was nothing like what I had gone thru with the other company. I actually got TRAINED. I learned a lot from Josh. Which by the way my first day on the phone which was on a Thursday I got 7 sales. By Friday I was almost in commission. So, with that I knew I was going to love it here. I liked what I was doing and everyone here made me feel right at home. No one frowned on me because I was in Work-Release or because I had a past. I was told by several people that the owner of the company firmly believed in giving second chances.
Well, that came to be true. You have had a wonderful positive impact on my life with this job and you as a person as well as several other people here. I had the opportunity to advance with the company and am doing well for myself outside of my employment. I have stayed straight and clean because of what I have accomplished with my job here. Before I got out of work-release , I was able to retain an apartment with the money that I made working here and once released, I got me a vehicle had my electricity turned on and I did it all because I was given the opportunity to work here. I am 100% grateful to you for being who you are and believing in second chances. I love coming to work every day and enjoy what I do. I have loved it from day one and although customer service is a whole another ball game, but I love it. I am so glad that I came here and am now part of this company.
I also think it is wonderful how you personally get involved with your employees and know each of us by first name. Don’t know of other companies where the Owner of the company know each employee by first name.
But I have to tell you again, Thank You Tom for all you have done for me. You will always hold a special place in my heart and will NEVER be forgotten. Please, don’t ever change who you are. God has a special place for you. You know I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you. Thank you!