Breaking Bread Career and Resume Center

Employers and job hunters come together to “break bread” and talk about career growth and opportunities with people with criminal backgrounds, the homeless, and those struggling in the community.

The Ask

Using a brand idea taken from a grocery store item to create a store with a working business model that helps build upon the brand but is also a functioning, solvent business on its own.

Aligning with DKB Values

  • Improving the community

  • Giving people with criminal backgrounds a second chance

  • Open to all and include the community and the homeless

Daves Killer Bread: Background

Business Launch

Dave’s Killer Bread is the best-selling organic sliced bread brand in the United States. Its founder is an ex-convict

(no, he didn’t kill anyone). ⅓ of his workforce have a criminal background.

Problem

Between 60 percent and 75 percent of ex-offenders remain unemployed one year after being released from jail.

Where:

Portland, OR

Why:

  1. DKB was started in Portland

  2. Portland is one of the friendliest cities for the homeless and unemployed

  3. Minimum wage is $11.25

Industries good for ex-convicts: 

  • Metal

  • Forestry

  • Wood manufactures 

Business Model

Fundraising

Sponsorship

Employer Membership Fees

Grants and

Tax Benefits

Community Center

Services for Ex-Convicts, The Community, and Homeless

  • Community centered: Relaxed and communal atmosphere

  • Easy and accessible: Near public transportation

  • Space for events, meetings, and workshops: Provide members and employers with resources and tools

Services for Employers

Memberships

Workshops

Cafe

Work 

Offices

Multi-Purpose Room

  • Career Fairs

  • Presentations

  • Workshops

Career coaching

and mentors

Professional and

business classes

Personality 

Tests

Resume and

cover letter building

Manufacturing

opportunities

Mock interviews

and skills

Reverse career

fairs

Opportunity to meet

ex-convicts

in person 

Team

Charlie Hudson: Strategist 

Charlotte Robins: Strategist 

Thomas Freeman: Strategist