Partnership with Sober Living America Helps Bring Change to People’s Lives

November 12, 2020 Brad Perkins

Addiction wreaks havoc on lives, on health and on employment. Even when seeking help, returning to work can be difficult. But a Staff Management | SMX partnership with Sober Living America in Greensboro, N.C., is making a difference.

Sober Living, a regional rehabilitation facility with locations through the southeastern United States is not a typical rehabilitation center. The program runs a residency program so residents can receive treatment and counseling and live together in a sober environment.

"Residency requires that participants work a normal schedule," said Michael Marin, Staff Management | SMX account director in Greensboro. "But many employers are not willing to hire those in recovery, especially those with criminal records. In Greensboro, this was limiting opportunities to lower wages in less favorable environments."

Sober Living’s corporate director contacted Marin, who then contacted his client, XLC Services. XLC Services had open roles in packaging and distribution and was eager to participate. And a partnership was born. So far, Staff Management | SMX has started 30 associates and the client has hired 10 full-time. 

“We salute our partner, Staff Management, and their partnership with Sober Living America in their quest to bring positive change and recovery for others in the Greensboro Community,” said Eric Cheatham, director of recruiting and staffing for XLC Services. “It's always admirable to be an advocate for positive change in the lives of others, especially those who are experiencing challenging struggles."

While Marin helped with job prep and onboarding, Sober Living provided reliable transportation to and from the job site.

“The associates hired through this partnership are taking the steps they need to live their best, and meaningful employment is a big part of that,” Marin said. “I see firsthand the enthusiasm they have for working and how good working makes them feel. It has been a very positive experience in what hasn’t been a very hopeful year. It shows again how much we are able to help people and improve lives and communities.”

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