Ex-convict turns life around, helps other felons find jobs
For those who've been out of a job, they know finding work can be tough. But if someone has a felony on his or her record, it's even more difficult getting hired.
But Greg Miller is giving some former criminals a second chance.
"Convicted felons, veterans and homeless people. That's who I hire. That's who I want to work with," said Miller.
He runs the non-profit organization, PULL, Inc., which helps ex-convicts transition back into the workplace.
Often considered a major red flag on most job resumes, felony convictions keep many ex-criminals from finding work in the first place.
"A lot of them will definitely work if given a chance," Miller said.
He knows that firsthand. He's no stranger to a life behind bars, most recently getting out of prison in 2008.
"I spent over half my life running around in the streets," he said. "I started hustling drugs when I was 11 years old."
Miller started PULL, Inc. two years ago. After turning his life around, he's now making it his mission to do the same for others. Sometimes it starts with a paycheck, he said.
"For me to go through some of the things I went through, it's in my heart to go back and try to tell some of the people I see struggling, 'This is how I did it, and if I can do it with some help, you can do it as well.'"
Construction work sites are just one place. But Miller is calling on the community, asking employers to think with an open mind.
Miller has helped several ex-criminals find permanent full-time jobs, and has about eight men working for him right now. He said he hopes to see that number continue growing, especially if other businesses decide to do the same.
"We've got to get outside of the box," he said, "and really trust people that's been there to go back and reach these people."
And through reaching former criminals, in turn, it's helping clean up the streets.
"If God can do it for me, he can do it for anybody out there."