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PPRE-Forevergreen of Charlotte Inc.'s Nu-Entry Program is taking a different method in hiring workers -- it is only accepting ex-inmates at its recycling plant.

The company provides toll sorting and bailing services to the green and recycling industries, limiting its employees in the warehouse to "formally incarcerated."

Forevergreen says that re-turning citizens often return to the community the same way they went into prison -- poor education, slim access to the work field, little to no connections or support systems.

The company had it's grand opening on Friday afternoon. It has currently employed 11 men -- all being full-time workers.

Forevergreen plans on opening more shifts, which would mean new hires and second chances. It's run by Joseph Robinson, who is a minister with a goal of helping those who are trying to rebound from bad decisions.

"We provide holistic services in the prison system," Robinson said. "And when they are discharged -- which we call "returning citizens" -- we provide aftercare, wrap-around services, from housing, training, counseling, anger management -- stuff like that.

"We also teach the individuals Bible, but they need a little more than Bible knowledge," Robinson said. "They need to be able to apply economic development in their lives."

That "little more" is where the newly opened recycling-sorting center comes into play. Employees are paid $10-12 an hour and Robinson is hoping that with a job, and a support system, inmates chosen as employees can be rehabilitated successfully.
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