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Beaverton Bakery honored by White House for second chance program

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The president of Beaverton Bakery is being honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for the business’s second chance program that has given more than 200 job opportunities to people after coming through drug treatment court. (KPTV) The president of Beaverton Bakery is being honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for the business’s second chance program that has given more than 200 job opportunities to people after coming through drug treatment court. (KPTV)
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The president of Beaverton Bakery is one of ten people who will be honored at the White House Wednesday for giving people with criminal records a second chance.

Carrie Ann Schubert will be honored as part of a ceremony recognizing “Champions of Change,” people whose leadership and work help remove barriers to second chances for people with a criminal record.

According to the White House, 600,000 individuals are released from prison each year, and too often those people end up back behind bars because they don't have the skills or support they need to reintegrate into society.

For the last ten years, Beaverton Bakery has hired and trained more than 200 people as part of their Second Chance program.

Bakery staff explained that the jobs help them transition back into the community after going through Washington County’s drug treatment court.

The Schubert family has owned the business since 1965, and Carrie Ann said they started hiring people released from Oregon state prisons after her brother, who had addiction issues, spent time incarcerated.

A decade ago, the bakery started working with Washington County judge Thomas Kohl, who oversees the adult drug treatment court.

“It’s pretty amazing. I’m not quite sure how I got grouped with these people that are doing wonderful things but I’m honored to represent the bakery and Beaverton and accept the honor. It’s very nice,” Schubert said from Washington. “It’s a whole community of us at the bakery that make it possible for these people. We all share in that challenge, in that goal and in that pride. It’s very rewarding.”

Schubert recommends other business owners consider offering similar programs.

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