A newly published book recognizes what we at CityLink Center already know:
Nehemiah Manufacturing is a unique blessing to our city.
Nehemiah employees and their CEO Dan Meyer have been highlighted in a new book called ‘Make it Matter’, by author and speaker Scott Mautz. The author hosted his National Book Launch for Make it Matter at Nehemiah this week and commented that “These employees love coming to work every day, because their CEO has created a company firmly rooted in caring.”
Nehemiah Manufacturing is a self-proclaimed “purpose driven company focused on building a profitable business that will bring employment, investment and hope to inner-city Cincinnati”. Now, that may sound like a non-profit mission statement but it’s Nehemiah’s business philosophy and it’s literally changing lives. Nehemiah provides second-chance employment for people who have employment barriers such as past criminal records or gaps in their work history.
While most employers (nationwide) are reluctant and even resistant to hiring applicants with criminal records, (Today, over 80% of employers do criminal background checks as a precursor to employment) Nehemiah leans in to support people who are ready, willing and capable of being outstanding team members, regardless of their records.
Employers like Nehemiah place value on developing people and relationships by teaming up with a number of local social service agencies including CityLink and our partner agency Cincinnati Works, St. Vincent DePaul, Jobs Plus and City Gospel Mission to identify and develop team members. In fact, Nehemiah has trained and hired over 20 people through Cincinnati Works since 2013, giving each of these folks an opportunity to earn a living and build a solid work history.
A lack of reentry employment opportunities for people in our city is one of the major things that keeps us up at night, and it should. Nehemiah is an example of the strategic role businesses can play in changing the face of poverty in Cincinnati while still developing talent and a driving positive business results. Cincinnati needs a whole lot more “Nehemiah minded” employers, and that’s what we continue to pray for. If your company is willing to work with CityLink to identify committed candidates that happen to be “hard to hire”, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and work with you.
And in case you were wondering ‘why the business is called Nehemiah’, here’s what they say:
Nehemiah was a prophet in the Old Testament who was called by God to bring safety, commerce and community back to the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was a great leader who cared for his people and rallied the inhabitants of Jerusalem to rebuild the walls to protect their city. Like Nehemiah, we feel called to rebuild the city by giving people jobs and a renewed hope for the future.
Thank you, Nehemiah.