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The Center For Urban Families Awards Double Win to Cintas Corporation for Employer and Graduate of the Year
[Excerpt from Citybizlist Baltimore]

Why would a leading company choose 70 percent of its employees from people who were previously incarcerated, addicted to illegal substances, or seemingly unemployable? Cintas Corporation, a specialized company that provides professional uniforms, document management, clean room resources and other facility services, won Employer of the Year at the Center for Urban Families' Urban Visionary Awards for doing just that.

Cintas partnered with CFUF to acquire standout employees with training, potential and a strong desire to succeed, despite their less-than-perfect backgrounds. Today Cintas counts nine STRIVE graduates among its fulltime employees. The Center's four-week STRIVE program trains participants rigorously in proper workplace behavior, practical skills and critical thinking.

"You see, they have been trained to work on their wanting to be a part of the company," said Jimmy Lien, General Manager of the Baltimore branch of Cintas Corporation. "It's hard to quantify that but there's just a strong desire to improve themselves and be successful because I think they are representing themselves and also they're representing STRIVE and the Center for Urban Families when they join our team.

And the Cintas win carried over as well to the STRIVE Graduate of the Year Award. Marcus Dixon, employee of Cintas Corporation anf graduate of STRIVE and the Center's Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project won this honor.

"If CFUF didn't exist I wouldn't be sitting here right now," said Dixon. "I would be sitting in a chair quite similar to this but the only difference would be that it would probably be in a maximum security prison."

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