City to partner with Kroger to help people with a criminal record find meaningful employment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis announced a new partnership that’s working to not only reduce crime but to give those who had a history of crime, a second chance.

Tuesday, Mayor Strickland said the city is partnering with Kroger to provide job opportunities to graduates of the city’s Manhood University program and Women Offering Women’s Support.

The mayor said this partnership is one that helps to address that issue by giving women and men in the community a second chance.

“If somebody who has a criminal background finds a job and turn that job into a career, there’s a very little chance they’ll go back to a life of crime,” Strickland said.

Strickland said the city has a high rate of people returning to crime after getting out of jail, so helping to give them honest work could help reduce recidivism and ultimately reduce crime numbers.

Kroger said right now there’s no limit to how many people they’re hoping to help with this new partnership.

“We’re trying to bring in a minimum of 10 to 15 people per week, and this is on a consistent basis. We’re constantly trying to add to our candidate pool and labor force, so there’s not a specific number. We’re always having classes,” said Kroger Hiring and Recruiting Manager Gerald Joyner.

The city held a graduation for the last class of Manhood University and W.O.W.S. in early January.

They’re now accepting applications for the next group of people to go through one of these development organizations and give them the second chance the city says they deserve.

“The positions we’re offering will have a competitive wage, full benefits, 401k retirement plans, employee discounts at all Kroger stores and up to $4,000 in tuition reimbursement,” said the president of the Delta Kroger Division Victor Smith.