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Store Hires From Skid Row

by Bill Hayes

In Market boosts community, and itself, by hiring on skid row, the Los Angeles Times reports on how a local market hires people who have been homeless or have struggled with addiction.

In staffing his organic-oriented Fresco Community Market in Montecito Heights early last year, Jon Murga looked for employees in an unlikely place: skid row.

He hired 11 people then and one this month through a job development program at the Los Angeles Mission. Most were trying to stay off drugs, alcohol or both as they struggled to exit the ranks of the homeless. Some were trying to put criminal convictions in the past. [more]