Nearly 70 million Americans have a criminal record. Can you imagine how difficult it can be to find a job with a record? An Indianapolis company, Merchandise Warehouse, is trying to help make a difference by seeking out citizens returning to society after serving time and those with criminal records. Merchandise Warehouse was recently featured in a Fox59 segment. You can watch it here:
Merchandise Warehouse is a third-generation, family-owned and operated warehousing business located in Indianapolis, Indiana providing cold storage warehousing solutions for their customers.
Vice President Scott Whiting pointed out that six “out of their top ten employees come from those at risk situations.” He goes on to say, “I think they appreciate the second chance or third chance in some cases. It’s hard for them to get jobs elsewhere because not a lot of employers will even take a look at them.” Whiting also points out that their experience has been that those formerly incarcerated regularly perform 20 to 30 percent better than the company’s average employee.
The Fox59 segment further details how this opportunity has impacted Merchandise Warehouses’ employee Eric Floyd’s life. “(My job) has changed everything for me, (and) my daughter,” Floyd said. “It’s given me an opportunity to put the 35 years of my life where I did negativity behind me and say for the next 35 years I can do some positive.”
The numbers don’t lie, about two-thirds of released prisoners are back behind bars within three years of their release and that statistic jumps to 77 percent after five years, according to the National Institute of Justice. Merchandise Warehouse helps decrease the percentage that ends up back in prison and help them realize their new opportunities.