Sally came to us after being released from jail for three felony thefts. Her husband, the sole family support, was killed leaving her alone with two small children to raise and no family support. Her use of illegal drugs escalated, captivating her, and the need to support her family and habit lead to her incarceration. Once released from jail, she found that no one would hire her. She secured housing through The Doors of Hope program and is in active recovery. We hired her, and she is on her way to regaining custody of her children and rebuilding her life.
FROM THE CEO
Interview with CEO Robin Housch
Why did you choose to employ felons and those in recovery?
Selah3 was birthed in concept in July 2019, prior to the COVID19 pandemic. As CEO and founder my vision is to employ the ‘unemployable’. Unemployable consisting of individuals who had felonies or backgrounds, not accepted by main stream companies. With a successful career in the staffing industry, I have encountered dozens of men and women who are not considered employable due to their felony backgrounds. Many of them, with backgrounds sustained while they were in “full blown addiction” or “not in their right mind”.
I love taking time with each individual, getting to know their story and circumstances, along with their skills and dreams for their life. You realize most are good people who made poor choices. Time and again, I’d pick up the phone, call companies, explain the situation, and ask to give the individual ‘a chance’, only to be met with ‘I can’t, company policy’. Therefore, through the years, I have vowed to take my product dreams and create a company for people who just need a chance. Offering them skills training, character training and the confidence to know what employers look for in a great employee is paramount. Simply put: To get them gainfully employed and break the cycle.
How has COVID-19 impacted your business?
A couple of months ago, our team was thrust into the COVID19 pandemic that spread across the United States. With 75% of our business in automotive, the staffing industry dried up.
Overnight we swapped our computers for sewing machines and fabric. Calls came in from men and woman laid off due to the COVID19 pandemic. I simply asked “Do you know how to sew?” With myself and one seamstress, and the rest displaced or “unemployable” workers eager to learn, we started creating quality face mask products for healthcare facilities and the general public. Today we have donated close to 1000 masks.
After researching products the team came up with a concept. Collaborated and created a mask specifically beneficial for those on the front line workers.. Fabric used are said to be effective in protecting against viruses.
In order to get the masks to the community quickly Selah3 started donating masks. We have donated approximately 1000 mask to hospitals, medical facilities, our local veterans home and to first responders .
Can I donate face masks to businesses through your company?
You can donate via our website. The concept is ‘If you buy a mask, one mask is donated on your behalf to a local business or hospital open to receiving donations.’ If you know of a business taking donations contact Selah3 Industries on our website.
Do you have any further comments?
The principal of giving is a core belief of our team at Selah3 Industries. We will continue to help serve the community long after the pandemic has left us.
Who do we contact if we want to be involved with your program?
If you’re a person in recovery or post-recovery seeking employment contact us through our website and we will reach out to you.
THE SWEET ADDICTION
The Sweet Addiction Collaboration
The Sweet Addiction is a non-profit based out of Middle Tennessee dedicated to the employment of women survivors of human trafficking, addiction, domestic violence, and incarceration. We provide programs to enrich the lives and career coaching while providing participants meaningful work and a support network. We believe in second chances and redeeming those who have been labeled as “unemployable”.