A former inmate’s love for a restaurant franchise turned into transforming his life.
"Having a business that justifies employees is a huge privilege."@ChickenTakeover's founder Joe DeLoss explains the importance of fair-chance employment and providing jobs for people who have faced adversity https://t.co/fG4Vd9G5KR pic.twitter.com/ugoHJDgXZg
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) August 31, 2022
The Story Of Kevin Fisher
According to Bloomberg, when Kevin Fisher was to be released from prison in January 2019 after serving 26 years, he knew he wanted his first meal to be from Hot Chicken Takeover — boneless chicken, mac and cheese, and coleslaw.
But what gravitated him to the restaurant more than anything was what it stands for. During his sentence, the founder Joe DeLoss came to speak to him and fellow inmates about how the company has an equal employment policy that welcomes those who have faced incarceration, drug addiction, or homelessness as employees.
Fast forward a few years later, Fisher leads at one of the restaurant chain’s locations, Bloomberg reports.
A Life-Changing Opportunity
Initially starting as a dishwasher, the 60-year-old climbed his way to becoming a general manager at Hot Chicken Takeover’s Columbus Crew Stadium location.
“All a person wants when they get out is a chance to live life,” Fisher said, according to the outlet.
“I’ve told Joe before: Hot Chicken Takeover changed my life,” he told Bloomberg. “He always says that ‘You changed your life,’ and it makes me sit back and think, ‘You know, I did.’ But I always can say it’s with the help of Hot Chicken Takeover.”