Ben & Jerry’s and Greyston Bakery have been working together for almost 30 years. But this spring, our ice cream makers and their brownie bakers met for the first time.Read More
Baker, packing room
Time at Greyston:
In Paul's Own Words:
Greyston is a movement. They’ve been here for over 30 years. It’s cool to give back to the community. I believe they care and they help people to strive to be better.
I’m a resident of Yonkers, so I’ve always known about Greyston. After I got incarcerated, I came down here and I wanted to change my life. I appreciate that they gave me a chance before anyone else did, so I give them 110%.
If you stay out of trouble, there are all kinds of opportunities for you. Before, I was in the life, I was selling drugs. I didn’t know there were all kinds of the opportunities that I’ve got now. I changed. I educated myself, and wanted to become a citizen and stop selling drugs. I wanted to be here for my family, for my kids.
I inspire a lot of people on the streets, because they used to know me when I was out there dealing drugs. So if I can have a job where I get here on time, leave on time and work hard, then it inspires people out there. I love the feeling of being a role model. I want to stay this way. A lot of people can see that I can do it, so they feel like they can do it.
It’s a total change, but you have to want it. It doesn’t just happen overnight.