State Representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty (D-Chelsea) presented the award to VERC Enterprises Leo Vercollone during the August 14th ceremony held at Bunker Hill Community College.
The re-entry program, facilitated by the Massachusetts Department of Career Services, recognizes the importance of building self-worth and instilling dignity by helping to find meaningful work for formerly incarcerated individuals, a sentiment that VERC Enterprises has taken to heart. Over the past three years the company has hired 25 individuals who have undergone the program; presently, VERC employs eight people who have taken the program.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said Vercollone. “Far too often, people coming out of prison and back into society face hurdles finding work, with the sad end result being a return to incarceration due to lack of opportunity. The Re-Entry Program, working in conjunction with businesses, seeks to turn that scenario around. The program provides careful screening regarding both rehabilitation and skill set, making the transition from formerly incarcerated to currently employed a straight-forward one.”
About VERC Enterprises
VERC Enterprises is the region’s leading, independent chain of convenience stores and gasoline stations, with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company began 36 years ago with a single car wash in Marshfield, in a business founded by Eugene Vercollone. Today two of Mr. Vercollone’s sons operate the company, with Leo as President and Paul as Vice President. The firm has more than 230 employees and is a leader in hiring those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In 2011 VERC Enterprises was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a Best Place to Work in Massachusetts and as a Leader in Diversity and in 2011 and 2012 by the Boston Globe as a Best Place to Work in Massachusetts. For additional information, please visit the website, www.vercenterprises.com, or call 781-934-7300.