It’s easy to write the less-fortunate off as lazy or problematic. It takes courage and compassion to treat them as an equal, do what you can to help, and see what they do with it.
Kudos to the Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY. In an age where felons are deemed unemployable, their practice of providing jobs to anyone who signs up, regardless of their criminal or social background, is simply incredible.
It’s amazing to see the transformation that can take place simply by giving people an opportunity.
Dion Drew (the subject of the video) and Mike Brady (Greyston Bakery’s President/CEO) conducted a TED Talk on the recipe for Greyston’s success, of which includes their products being sold in Whole Foods as well as their brownies included in Ben & Jerry’s “Chocolate Fudge Brownie” Ice Cream.
Looking beyond the clear effects of systemic racism, poverty and the for-profit prison system on Dion’s life and those like him, this is a clear example of what can happen when you simply provide an opportunity.
Everyone makes mistakes. Your mistakes don’t make you a bad person.