Finding a job can be difficult for people with a criminal record. But one Colorado business gives people who have turned their lives around a second chance.
Karla Nugent is the co-founder of Weifield Electrical Contracting. Her company not only caters to its customers, but it also gives at-risk youth and adults a chance to get back on their feet with a job.
She says that no one is perfect, but that her business focuses on workers’ future rather than their past.
“I think it’s how I am wired! It’s part of my faith. None of us are perfect. We’ve all made choices in the past that we look back in the past and say I would have done that differently,” Nugent said. “So, I think we are always looking forward and looking for the best in people and believing in them. We want to build a place where people care about each other and it’s a community that no matter what has happened in the past we can move through that and get to a better place,” she explained.
Nugent has been very successful so far, not only did she get people back on their feet after a rough past, but the Denver Business Journal named her Corporate Citizen of the year as well as the Outstanding Woman in Business.
“It’s why I work here, it’s what gets me excited, it’s what connects me to people, I want to be known as a woman of faith and living that in the workplace,” Nugent said.
*Article adapted from CBN News- Wired to Help: Company Gives Convicts a Second Chance
Karla Nugent is the Partner and Chief Business Development Officer at Weifield Group Electrical Contracting. Weifield Electrical Contracting mission is continually to grow their relationships, people and processes in order to impact our community and industry.
Intentional Employment Network:
Lunch and Learn
You are invited to an Intentional Employer Lunch & Learn to explore the topic of second chance hiring.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2020
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Hosted by: SERVRPO of Greater Boulder
9085 Marshall Court, Westminster, CO 80031
Lunch is provided and free to attend.
Come be inspired as we
- Hear best practices of employers who have hired individuals transitioning from incarceration
- Learn from the Department of Corrections about a new reentry program and benefits to employers hiring returning citizens
- Connect with other Kingdom-minded employers