MOD Pizza launches hiring program for adults with disabilities, formerly incarcerated

MOD Pizza has launched the MOD Opportunity Network (MOD O.N.), which connects MOD stores with national non-profit organizations that support the readiness, placement and retention of job seekers deserving of a second chance or a first start. According to a press release, MOD O.N. will be dedicated to two underserved populations: individuals who have been justice-involved and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Nearly 80 million adult Americans are justice-involved, and the employment rate is higher for formerly incarcerated adults.

One in four adults in the U.S. live with some form of disability, according to the CDC. For adults with intellectual and development disabilities, 85% do not have a paid job in their community, according to National Core Indicators.

The MOD O.N. movement will launch in 11 states and will serve 29 cities. Key partners include: Goodwill Industries International; FareStart; Hospitality Opportunities for People Reentering Society; Best Buddies International and Meadowlark Employment Services.

MOD hopes to expand the plan into at least 21 states by the end of the year.

“We know first-hand the impact inclusive hiring can have on our Squad, our culture, and the communities we serve. As MOD grew, we needed a sustainable, nationwide approach to help scale our work in this area. Surprisingly, a solution did not exist,” Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza. Said in the press release. “Our entrepreneurial mindset motivated us to address this challenge. With the MOD Opportunity Network, we have a scalable, cost-effective solution that leverages the power of for-profit business working alongside non-profit partners. Together, we will break down barriers, create more opportunities, and help contribute to a world that works for and includes everyone. We hope to provide some inspiration and learnings for other like-minded organizations and companies along the way.”

“MOD’s dedication to hiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is truly exemplary and our shared values of acceptance, inclusion and belonging empower people with IDD to flourish and lead fulfilling and productive lives,” Anthony K. Shriver, founder, chairman and CEO of Best Buddies International, said in the press release. “Best Buddies Jobs candidates possess a diverse range of skills, abilities and qualifications that they bring to the workplace. Employing individuals with disabilities is a smart business decision for companies.”

MOD operates more than 540 stores across 29 states and Canada.

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