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Families, communities, and neighborhoods benefit when people can contribute to society through work.
People who can’t get work are more likely to depend on social welfare and unemployment benefits. These people have lower self-worth and are more prone to depression and other health problems. This affects the stability of families and communities and contributes to multi-generational cycles of poverty and despair.
Maximizing employment is the key to every country’s economic growth and well-being. An estimated 5.4 million people cannot find a job in the United States. That represents a huge loss in productivity and tax revenue.
Greyston’s Open Hiring Model has proven successful in its home community of southwest Yonkers, New York. Think of what our world would look like and could achieve if every company found just one job that could be filled through Open Hiring.
"Having access to a job—like having access to a quality education—revitalizes local economies and lifts entire communities out of poverty. The time is now for Open Hiring."—Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone
One of the largest groups facing barriers to employment in Yonkers, NY is the formerly incarcerated. Most employers won’t even consider someone who has spent time in prison. Getting a job plays a big role in being able to steer clear of crime and a return to jail. It opens up new opportunities and empowers the individual to move beyond mistakes of the past. The annual cost of imprisonment at the federal or state level in the United States is more than $30,000.