Ohio Restaurant Owner Joe Deloss Employs Job Seekers With Criminal Records | Megyn Kelly TODAY

Ohio Restaurant Owner Joe Deloss Employs Job Seekers With Criminal Records | Megyn Kelly TODAY

October 31, 2019 8 By Kailee Schamberger


>>>SETTLE FOR MORE IS A
PRINCIPLE I TRY TO GIVE BY. PRINCIPLE I TRY TO GIVE BY. ASK YOURSELF IF YOURE DOING ASK YOURSELF IF YOURE DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FIND YOUR EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO FIND YOUR OWN JOY AND HELP OTHERS FIND
THEIRS. AND HELP OTHERS FIND THEIRS. IT IS WHAT THE OWNER OF ONE
CHICKEN RESTAURANT IN OHIO DID CHICKEN RESTAURANT IN OHIO DID
WHEN HE DECIDED TO PUT SOMETHING WHEN HE DECIDED TO PUT SOMETHING ELSE ON THE MENU.
A FAIR CHANCE FOR JOB SEEKERS A FAIR CHANCE FOR JOB SEEKERS
WHO ARE LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR WHO ARE LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR
LIVES. LIVES. ♪
>>CHICKEN!>>CHICKEN!
>>INSIDE NORTH MARKET,>>INSIDE NORTH MARKET, COLUMBUS, OHIOS, POPULAR FOODIE COLUMBUS, OHIOS, POPULAR FOODIE DESTINATION, HOT CHICKEN DESTINATION, HOT CHICKEN TAKEOVER HAS WON OVER A HUNGRY TAKEOVER HAS WON OVER A HUNGRY CROWD. CROWD. FOLKS LINE UP BEFORE THE DOORS FOLKS LINE UP BEFORE THE DOORS OPEN, BECAUSE THIS SOUTHERN OPEN, BECAUSE THIS SOUTHERN STYLE CHICKEN GOES FAST. STYLE CHICKEN GOES FAST.>>I LIKE IT.>>I LIKE IT.>>WE STARTED HOT CHICKEN
TAKEOVER IN APRIL OF 2014. TAKEOVER IN APRIL OF 2014.
MY WIFE AND I HAD THREE MY WIFE AND I HAD THREE
EMPLOYEES. EMPLOYEES. SINCE THEN, WERE AT THREE
RESTAURANTS WITH NEARLY 200 RESTAURANTS WITH NEARLY 200
EMPLOYEES. EMPLOYEES.>>JOE CREDITS HIS SUCCESS TO>>JOE CREDITS HIS SUCCESS TO THE TEAM HE BUILT.
AND THIS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU. AND THIS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU.
70% OF THEM HAVE WHAT HE CALLS 70% OF THEM HAVE WHAT HE CALLS
ALTERNATIVE RESUMES. ALTERNATIVE RESUMES.
MEANING MANY OF HIS WORKERS HAVE MEANING MANY OF HIS WORKERS HAVE
CRIMINAL RECORDS. CRIMINAL RECORDS.
>>BECAUSE WE BELIEVE A CRIMINAL>>BECAUSE WE BELIEVE A CRIMINAL
RECORD IS OFTEN ABOUT RECORD IS OFTEN ABOUT CIRCUMSTANCE, NOT CHARACTER, WE
ARE NOT NECESSARILY TAKEN TO WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY TAKEN TO
CHANCE. CHANCE. WERE GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WERE GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEBODY TO DEMONSTRATE A SOMEBODY TO DEMONSTRATE A DIFFERENT STORY FOR THEMSELVES. DIFFERENT STORY FOR THEMSELVES.>>EVERY DAY I COME IN HERE, I>>EVERY DAY I COME IN HERE, I FEEL ACCEPTED.
THE LOVE IS GENUINE. THE LOVE IS GENUINE.
>>ONE, TWO, THREE, TEAM!>>ONE, TWO, THREE, TEAM!
>>I WORKED FOR NUMEROUS>>I WORKED FOR NUMEROUS
COMPANIES AND NEVER FELT COMPANIES AND NEVER FELT
ANYTHING LIKE THIS. ANYTHING LIKE THIS. IVE WORKED FOR EMPLOYEES THAT IVE WORKED FOR EMPLOYEES THAT WHEN I TOLD THEM ABOUT MY WHEN I TOLD THEM ABOUT MY BACKGROUND, AS FAR AS MY BACKGROUND, AS FAR AS MY CRIMINAL HISTORY, I WAS LOOKED CRIMINAL HISTORY, I WAS LOOKED AT LIKE I WAS UNACCEPTED.
KIND OF LOST HOPE A LITTLE BIT. KIND OF LOST HOPE A LITTLE BIT.
FOUND MYSELF BACK IN THE STREETS FOUND MYSELF BACK IN THE STREETS
DOING WHATEVER IT IS THAT I DID. DOING WHATEVER IT IS THAT I DID.
WHEN I CAME HERE AND THEY GAVE WHEN I CAME HERE AND THEY GAVE
ME A CHANCE TO SHOW MY TALENTS, ME A CHANCE TO SHOW MY TALENTS,
IT GAVE ME A REASON TO BELIEVE IT GAVE ME A REASON TO BELIEVE
IN MYSELF EVEN MORE. IN MYSELF EVEN MORE.
>>I LOVE MY JOB.>>I LOVE MY JOB.
AS DIFFERENT AS WE ARE, AS AS DIFFERENT AS WE ARE, AS
DYSFUNCTIONAL AS WE ARE, WERE DYSFUNCTIONAL AS WE ARE, WERE
ALL FAMILY HERE. ALL FAMILY HERE.
WERE ALL HERE FOR ONE ANOTHER, WERE ALL HERE FOR ONE ANOTHER,
IN THE GOOD AND THE BAD. IN THE GOOD AND THE BAD.
I CANT IMAGINE BEING ANYWHERE I CANT IMAGINE BEING ANYWHERE
ELSE. ELSE. WHEN I HAD ANY RUN IN WITH THE WHEN I HAD ANY RUN IN WITH THE LAW, I WAS FRESH OUT OF HIGH LAW, I WAS FRESH OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, 19 YEARS OLD. SCHOOL, 19 YEARS OLD. I WASNT PREPARED FOR LIFE. I WASNT PREPARED FOR LIFE. I DIDNT HAVE ANYBODY TO GIVE ME I DIDNT HAVE ANYBODY TO GIVE ME THE WISDOM OR KNOWLEDGE THAT I
HAVE NOW.M OR KNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE NOW.>>AMANDA SAYS EVEN 15 YEARS>>AMANDA SAYS EVEN 15 YEARS LATER, SHE STRUGGLED TO FIND LATER, SHE STRUGGLED TO FIND WORK. WORK.>>DONT FORGET TO HELP YOURSELF>>DONT FORGET TO HELP YOURSELF TO FREE DRINKS.
>>AT HOT CHICKEN TAKEOVER,>>AT HOT CHICKEN TAKEOVER,
SHES FOUND A PLACE TO SHINE. SHES FOUND A PLACE TO SHINE.
>>IM NOT THE SAME PERSON I WAS>>IM NOT THE SAME PERSON I WAS
WHEN I STARTED AUGUST 10th OF WHEN I STARTED AUGUST 10th OF
2016. 2016. IM A DIFFERENT PERSON. IM A DIFFERENT PERSON. IVE GROWN SO MUCH. IVE GROWN SO MUCH.>>JOE TELLS US, THIS ISNT
ABOUT A SECOND CHANCE.ISNT ABOUT A SECOND CHANCE.
HE CALLS IT FAIR CHANCE HE CALLS IT FAIR CHANCE
EMPLOYMENT. EMPLOYMENT. OFFERING BENEFITS LIKE HOUSING, OFFERING BENEFITS LIKE HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION AND COUNSELING, TRANSPORTATION AND COUNSELING, THAT HELP EMPLOYEES BUILD A THAT HELP EMPLOYEES BUILD A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS. FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS.>>THE REALITY IS, THEYRE
ENRICHING OUR BUSINESSYRE ENRICHING OUR BUSINESS
TREMENDOUSLY. TREMENDOUSLY. OUR WORK FORCE IS. OUR WORK FORCE IS. SO OUR TURNOVER IS ABOUT FOUR
TIMES LESS THAN THE INDUSTRY. TIMES LESS THAN THE INDUSTRY.
WE ALSO GET TO BE PART OF WE ALSO GET TO BE PART OF
SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES IN OUR SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES IN OUR
EMPLOYEES LIVES. EMPLOYEES LIVES.
IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE
ALONGSIDE OF PEOPLE AS THEY MAKE ALONGSIDE OF PEOPLE AS THEY MAKE
THAT PROGRESS. THAT PROGRESS. EVERY DAY, WE GO INTO WORK AND EVERY DAY, WE GO INTO WORK AND WERE BUILDING A COMPANY THAT WERE BUILDING A COMPANY THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE
LIFE OF ONE EMPLOYEE, THEIRE LIFE OF ONE EMPLOYEE, THEIR
FAMILY, THEIR EXTENDED FAMILY, FAMILY, THEIR EXTENDED FAMILY,
AND IM GRATEFUL TO BE A AND IM GRATEFUL TO BE A
PARTICIPANT IN THAT. PARTICIPANT IN THAT.
>>JOINING ME NOW IS THE FOUNDER>>JOINING ME NOW IS THE FOUNDER
AND OWNER OF HOT CHICKEN AND OWNER OF HOT CHICKEN
TAKEOVER AND TWO EMPLOYEES, TAKEOVER AND TWO EMPLOYEES,
ALICE AND JAMEEL. ALICE AND JAMEEL.
WERE GOING TO USE YOUR FIRST WERE GOING TO USE YOUR FIRST
NAMES AND LAST INITIALS FOR YOUR NAMES AND LAST INITIALS FOR YOUR
SECURITY. SECURITY. YOU ADMIT YOUVE COMMITTED
CRIMES BUT WERE NOT GOING TO CRIMES BUT WERE NOT GOING TO
GET INTO THE DETAILS. GET INTO THE DETAILS.
THE POINT OF THIS SEGMENT IS THE POINT OF THIS SEGMENT IS
ABOUT GIVING YOU GUYS A FAIR ABOUT GIVING YOU GUYS A FAIR
CHANCE AND REBUILDING YOUR CHANCE AND REBUILDING YOUR
LIVES. LIVES. JOE, ILL START WITH YOU.
WHY WAS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? WHY WAS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU?
>>IVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK>>IVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK
GOING ON TEN YEARS NOW. GOING ON TEN YEARS NOW.
IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS. IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS.
ITS ENRICHED MY LIFE A ITS ENRICHED MY LIFE A
TREMENDOUS AMOUNT BUT ALSO TREMENDOUS AMOUNT BUT ALSO
ENRICHED THE LIFE OF OUR ENRICHED THE LIFE OF OUR
COMPANY. COMPANY. I CANT IMAGINE DOING ANYTHING
DIFFERENT.GINE DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT.>>JAMEEL, I KNOW YOU GO BY MEL,>>JAMEEL, I KNOW YOU GO BY MEL, HOW HAS THIS CHANGED YOUR LIFE? HOW HAS THIS CHANGED YOUR LIFE?>>DRASTICALLY.>>DRASTICALLY. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS I THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS I COULD HAVE BEEN DOING, BUT JOE COULD HAVE BEEN DOING, BUT JOE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO REALLY PROVE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO REALLY PROVE MYSELF. MYSELF. I CANT THANK HIM ANYMORE. I CANT THANK HIM ANYMORE.>>BEFORE YOU FOUND JOE, WERE>>BEFORE YOU FOUND JOE, WERE YOU DENIED BY OTHER EMPLOYERS? YOU DENIED BY OTHER EMPLOYERS?>>OH, YOU HAVE NO — YOU CANT>>OH, YOU HAVE NO — YOU CANT BELIEVE HOW MUCH. BELIEVE HOW MUCH. IM TALKING ABOUT TURNED AWAY IM TALKING ABOUT TURNED AWAY UNBELIEVABLY. UNBELIEVABLY. YEAH, IT WAS PRETTY HARD FINDING YEAH, IT WAS PRETTY HARD FINDING A JOB. A JOB.>>YUP.>>YUP.>>I THANK JOE FOR REALLY GIVING>>I THANK JOE FOR REALLY GIVING ME THIS. ME THIS.>>HOW ABOUT YOU, TO OTHER>>HOW ABOUT YOU, TO OTHER EMPLOYERS WHO SAY, I HAVE ENOUGH
EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS FROMOUGH EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS FROM
PEOPLE WHO NEVER COMMITTED A PEOPLE WHO NEVER COMMITTED A
CRIME. CRIME. WHY SHOULD I HIRE SOMEONE WHO WHY SHOULD I HIRE SOMEONE WHO HAS? HAS? WHATS YOUR MESSAGE? WHATS YOUR MESSAGE?>>I THINK FOR ME, ITS YOU
KNOW, MY PAST IS MY PAST.U KNOW, MY PAST IS MY PAST.
SURE, IVE MADE MISTAKES, BUT SURE, IVE MADE MISTAKES, BUT
WHO HASNT? WHO HASNT? MINE MIGHT BE A LITTLE WORSE
THAN OTHER PEOPLES, BUT THATS THAN OTHER PEOPLES, BUT THATS
NOT WHO I AM TODAY. NOT WHO I AM TODAY.
ITS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO PROVE ITS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO PROVE
TO NOT ONLY MYSELF BUT MY BOSS, TO NOT ONLY MYSELF BUT MY BOSS,
MY OTHER CO-WORKERS, THAT JUST MY OTHER CO-WORKERS, THAT JUST
BECAUSE I HAVE, YOU KNOW, AN BECAUSE I HAVE, YOU KNOW, AN
ALTERNATIVE RESUME, IT DOESNT ALTERNATIVE RESUME, IT DOESNT
MEAN IM NOT A GOOD PERSON AND MEAN IM NOT A GOOD PERSON AND
NOT A GOOD WORKER. NOT A GOOD WORKER.
>>I LOVE THAT, ALTERNATIVE>>I LOVE THAT, ALTERNATIVE
RESUME. RESUME.>>WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN
LIKE FROM THE CUSTOMERS? BEEN LIKE FROM THE CUSTOMERS?
>>WE HAVE A RESTAURANT FOCUSED>>WE HAVE A RESTAURANT FOCUSED
ON GREAT FOOD AND GREAT ON GREAT FOOD AND GREAT
HOSPITALITY. HOSPITALITY. IT IS BECAUSE OF OUR TEAM THAT
WE CAN PULL IT OFF.R TEAM THAT WE CAN PULL IT OFF.
NOT ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS NOT ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS
UNDERSTAND OR KNOW ABOUT THE UNDERSTAND OR KNOW ABOUT THE
LABOR STRATEGY WE HAVE. LABOR STRATEGY WE HAVE.
>>THEY DO NOW.>>THEY DO NOW.
>>THEY DO NOW.>>THEY DO NOW.
BUT WHEN THEY FIND OUT, WE OFTEN BUT WHEN THEY FIND OUT, WE OFTEN
GET A LOT OF SUPPORT. GET A LOT OF SUPPORT.
OUR TEAM GETS AN OPPORTUNITY TO OUR TEAM GETS AN OPPORTUNITY TO
TELL A STORY IN A POSITIVE WAY. TELL A STORY IN A POSITIVE WAY.
>>GOOD FOR ALL OF YOU.>>GOOD FOR ALL OF YOU.
ALL THE BEST. ALL THE BEST.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.