Renewable Energy Company Gives Former Inmates and Veterans New Chance at Rebuilding Their Lives

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Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc. is a leader in biodiesel production in Florida. As a staunch community advocate, Executive Vice President Jeff Longo started an initiative to help former Veterans and inmates rebuild their lives with stable, decent wage positions with the company and green sector job training.

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These young people leave their homes and families to serve and protect our country and they deserve the best opportunities from us when they return.

Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc. is a leader in biodiesel production in Florida. The company, based in Indiantown, Florida, is committed to affecting positive change within its community. Its outreach efforts include hiring Veterans who have just returned from serving our country as well as a program for former inmates to get a fresh start and new lease on life.

According to the 2010 Pew Center of the States report “Collateral Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility,” incarceration reduces former inmates future earnings by 40%. “Who hasn't made a mistake in life before? No one. But the real question is – should that one mistake stop you from building a future and providing for your family? No, it shouldn't, we need to start believing in people again” exclaims Jeff Longo Executive Vice President of Genuine Bio-Fuel while discussing the ex-felon-to-hire program he started. Longo also sympathized with the young Veterans fighting for our country stating, “The unemployment rate for Veterans between the ages of 18-24 is 30%, that is atrocious. These young people leave their homes and families to serve and protect our country and they deserve the best opportunities from us when they return.”

Genuine Bio-fuel combats these statistics with its program, aptly titled the Second Chance Program, by providing equal wage jobs to former inmates and Veterans. Longo's goal in establishing the program was to create an environment where former inmates and Veterans are able to start a new life. He decided to take a “hire, not fire” approach to staffing Genuine Bio-Fuel and the effort has paid off. In addition to each employee receiving another chance to rebuild their lives, each is also sharpening their technical skill-sets while gaining hands on experience in the renewable energy industry. Genuine Bio-Fuel also offers them free training if they want to pursue careers in the green sector.

According to the Florida Right on Crime Statement of principles, Florida had the third largest correctional system in the nation, an incarceration rate about 26% higher than the national average and a recidivism rate of 33% in 2011, but those numbers don't scare Jeff Longo. He believes that everyone deserves at least a chance. Since beginning the program, GBF has been able to build a cohesive workforce bonded by experiences, and sustained with loyalty. He adds “If we just start to believe in people again, give them the opportunity to work and earn and decent salary, we can stop the vicious circle of them going back to jail because they have no way of starting a new life, and we could support Veterans, the people giving their lives to serve us, much more.”

Genuine Bio-Fuel Inc. is a leader in biodiesel producer in Florida. Working with local communities since 2008 they collect used vegetable cooking oil, refine it and efficiently produces renewable, sustainable clean biodiesel that meets or exceeds the required ASTM standards. An RFS-2 Registered Renewable Fuel Producer, this dedicated environmental steward is 100% privately funded.

To find more information on the Second Chance Program please contact Jeff Longo by phone toll free 866-268-7885, or via email at gbf(at)genuinebiofuel(dot)com.

To find out more about Genuine Bio-Fuel please visit our website http://www.genuinebiofuel.com/.

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