Single mom's inspiring story of landing Yonkers bakery job after string of rejections featured in documentary
Greyston Bakery offered a single mother of five employment after
she was in desperate need of a job.
“At one point in my life, I was down and out,” says Shawna
Swanson tells News 12 that in 2016, things were so bad
financially that she contemplated separating her children.
“That's the worst feeling any mother could have,” says Swanson.
After multiple rejections and months of being told ‘no,’ the
Yonkers mother finally received the answer she’d been waiting for.
Greyston Bakery offered her a position. “They kept my family
together, so I feel like I owe them everything,” says Swanson.
The bakery’s president,
Joe Kenner, sincerely believes in open
hiring -- no background checks, no resumes and no interviews.
He says it’s a way to invest in people who have a desire to work,
“It's truly a way of giving folks hope and a way of telling them
the past doesn't matter,” says Kenner. “We only care about the future and your
The newly hired bakery
employee says she is so grateful to have a job at Greyston Bakery and hopes
other companies will consider a similar ‘open hiring’ model.
is told Swanson’s story was so inspiring that it is now a part of a documentary
called "Wide Open
The virtual premiere for the
documentary and a fundraiser will take place on May 18.