When San Francisco restaurateur Andrew Stoloff agreed to consult on the finances of an inner-city bakery in nearby Richmond, he found a failing business, a part-time staff of 14 former prison inmates, and decrepit equipment 20 to 30 years old.
Over several months, as he spent time with the employees, Stoloff learned how the bakery had changed their lives. He fell in love with the mission and, against the advice of family and friends, he bought the bakery himself.
Today, Rubicon Bakery is a moneymaking business, employing 105 full-time staff, some with only a sixth-grade education and many having served time in prison.
(READ the story from Christian Science Monitor)