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Washington man wants others returning from prison to get the same chance for employment he had.

In 2011, after nearly a decade of incarceration, Tony D’Aloia got a job as a dishwasher at MOD Pizza in Bellevue, Washington.Clint Carter, “Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons,” Entrepreneur, September 5, 2018. The move was a win-win for D’Aloia and his employer: he was promoted three times within two years.Clint Carter, “Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons,” Entrepreneur, September 5, 2018. Now, at the age of 39, D’Aloia is a district manager who oversees six locations throughout the state.Clint Carter, “Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons,” Entrepreneur, September 5, 2018.

“I’ve had all these opportunities I wouldn’t have had if MOD didn’t believe in me,” he told Entrepreneur magazine. “Being able to do that for other people is really important. The best part of the job is helping people through the same situation I was in.”Clint Carter, “Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons,” Entrepreneur, September 5, 2018. MOD Pizza co-founders Ally and Scott Svenson are committed to hiring people with histories of justice system involvement, what they term “impact hiring.”Clint Carter, “Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons,” Entrepreneur, September 5, 2018. According to Ally Svenson: “[T]he mission became very intentional. We started to describe our business as enlightened capitalism.”Clint Carter, “Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons,” Entrepreneur, September 5, 2018.