ST. LOUIS -- June 10, 2002 -- With the nation's attention once again focused on welfare reform and its reauthorization, Save-A-Lot will host a special breakfast and book signing on Friday, June 21 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
The event will feature The Welfare to Work Partnership president and CEO Rodney J. Carroll, who will speak and sign copies of his inspirational book, No Free Lunch: One Man's Journey from Welfare to the American Dream. Also, Save-A-Lot will celebrate its 1,000th welfare to work hire.
Attendees will include national, state and local elected officials, community and business leaders, local and national Welfare to Work Partnership business partners, and representatives from Save-A-Lot, a Partnership board member company.
The Welfare to Work Partnership, widely recognized as one of America's most successful public-private sector partnerships, launched its first city-based campaign in St. Louis five years ago and has since engaged thousands of businesses and millions of individuals in welfare reform. Already, more than 20,000 businesses have joined the Partnership and member companies have hired approximately 1.1 million Americans – formerly on public assistance – into the private sector.
Mr. Carroll will share his remarkable life story that inspires all that hear it to keep striving to realize their dreams. Having grown up on welfare in the impoverished streets of North Philadelphia, Mr. Carroll overcame many obstacles and met personal challenges. Turning a part-time job at United Parcel Service into a 22-year career, he also proved that one person could make a difference when he crafted for UPS an early program to help welfare recipients transform their lives.
Save-A-Lot, the nation's largest and fastest-growing edited assortment grocery chain with over 1,000 store across the U.S., has been able to realize its goal of helping move people from lives of dependence to independence through quality employment opportunities. In a single year, Save-A-Lot has hired 1,000 individuals from welfare.