James Collins Ford is more than a source of income for some of its workers.
The Louisville, Ky., store has served as a lighthouse during stormy periods for staffers who have been incarcerated and battled addiction as they work to turn their lives around.
It has employed more than 50 men from the Beacon House, a Louisville transitional living facility founded in 1997.
The dealership has worked with the Beacon House for nearly a decade to support men during their recoveries and allow them to flourish, with some becoming master service technicians and leading salespeople. It starts them off in lower-level positions such as porters and gives them a chance to prove their reliability before moving them up the ladder, said Daniel Mekuria, the store's managing partner.