Workplaces welcome people who are in recovery, even if their records are imperfect

After years of drug addiction and homelessness, Kenny Sawyer found himself staring at a job application at Hypertherm, a New Hampshire company that makes industrial cutting tools.

He was sober at last. He really wanted this job. But the application asked whether he had been convicted of any felonies.

Sawyer hadn’t. But he decided later that the company would want to know he had been jailed for misdemeanor assault after a fight over a crack purchase years earlier. He called to volunteer that information, well aware that a scrape with the law could cost him the opportunity. Read more here.