Ariana Lubelli Apr 27, 2017, 1:02 pmApr 28, 2017, 6:46 am

Yonkers bakery gives employees second chance at life with unique hiring process

Greyston Bakery hires without background checks, interviews or references

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A Yonkers-based company is giving people a second chance at life with an open-hiring process that does not require background checks.

Dion Drew credits Greyston Bakery with saving his life. The 39-year-old was in and out jail since he was a teen. It was when he got caught selling drugs to an undercover police officer that he did hard time.

But getting a job after prison is no easy task with a felony conviction on your record. Then he heard about Greyston Bakery, a Yonkers-based company that hires without background checks, interviews or references.

The founder beliefs are inspired by Buddhist principles of non-judgement and a focus on the future.

Ariella Gastel with the marketing and development team says about 70 percent of the people who are called in for the first step, the apprenticeship, which is a training program for the job, stay and work for the company.

Dion Drew was one of those employees. He's now been working for Greystone for almost 10 years and is now a supervisor.

Greyston hopes other businesses will adopt their hiring model, even it if means giving just one person a chance.

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