rodney: road to success
Rodney began working at Greyston Bakery in 1995, after spending years working on the streets. Before the bakery, Rodney's work consisted of selling drugs and earning thousands of dollars each week. Starting at the bakery in an entry-level job, Rodney’s income dropped to a few hundred dollars a month. His choice can be attributed to one thing - his family.
Eleven years later, Rodney serves as a positive role model for his children. During his tenure at Greyston Bakery, he moved up through the ranks to become Production Manager. Most importantly, employment at the bakery gave him “a chance to change my life and the space to find out who I really am.” Over the years, Rodney mentored hundreds of entry-level bakery employees. The apprenticeship program lasts 16 weeks and is the training ground for new employees to acquire the soft and hard skills associated with employment. Rodney’s experience spoke directly to entry-level employees.
In 2005, Rodney left the bakery to open a cleaning business. In conjunction with public and private funding sources, an individual development account (IDA) was able to offer a 3:1 match for his savings. Being self-employed can be daunting, but Rodney enjoys the flexibility of choosing when to work these days. Rodney also appreciates having more free time to spend with his children.