By Sarah Taylor
Posted March 8th 2019
FORMER PRISON INMATES RE-ENTER SOCIETY WITH TRAINING AT EDWIN’S ON SHAKER SQUARE
A criminal record often makes it difficult to find employment. But a Cleveland chef has found success employing former prison inmates. Brandon Chrostowski of Edwin’s Restaurant in Shaker Square told the Akron Roundtable last month it’s about giving people confidence and skill.
Edwin’s Leadership & Restaurant Institute co-founder Brandon Edwin Chrostowski shared details of his program, that creates a “culture of care” to help the formerly incarcerated develop sought-after skills and confidence.
“The NFL has no problem hiring someone who’s been in prison because they have an elite skill that can make or save them money. In business it’s no different. Our grads have 55 jobs waiting to hire. They have an elite skill that can make or save someone money.”
Chrostowski runs a six-month training program in prisons, which has grown to include the restaurant, housing for his trainees, and a butcher shop that recently opened in Shaker Square.