CONTRACTOR SPOTLIGHT: Tom Decker of Chicago Green Insulation Helps Ex-Convicts Make A New Start
Posted By Demilec, Inc.
Demilec contractor Tom Decker of Chicago Green Insulation is making news
in Chicago this month for his efforts to give jobs to people often turned
away by other employers - specifically those who’ve spent time behind
bars for non-violent drug felonies and have successfully served their
time and are firmly focused on getting back on their feet.
Photo Credit: Evan Kane
In fact, he’s made it part of his company’s philosophy and
attributes part of his success to pairing business with helping fellow
members of his community. The mission statement for Chicago Green Insulation
is to make Chicago the safest and most energy efficient city in the world by 2027.
“Creating job opportunities for marginalized, non-violent drug felons
who need a fresh start that they can feel good about is what motivates
me,” Decker told WBEZ 91.5 Chicago’s
Morning Shift. (Listen to the full interview
Chicago Green Insulation provides installer jobs to non-violent ex-convicts
who have trouble finding jobs elsewhere. Chicago Green Insulation is part
of a growing sector of employers who don’t use non-violent criminal
records to automatically prejudge potential employees looking for work.
In Chicago, Mayor Emanuel has often said that “the best anti-crime
program is a job.”
While Tom has been in the foam insulation industry for a decade the first
20 years of his professional life were spent providing educational development
programs for kids from the inner city and suburbs. Tom cares deeply about
the services offered to families and businesses and this passion aligns
closely with the Demilec mission of providing jobs for the surrounding
Tom has also served in various roles with Habitat for Humanity and many
other not-for-profit organizations who share his commitment to making
the world a better
place. Tom currently serves on the advisory board of Community Partners
for Affordable Housing, Youth Build of Lake County, Sustainable Partners
for Lake County and the Obama Presidential Center's Entrepreneurship Center.
Congratulations to Tom Decker on his success in pairing business with social
good in the Chicago area. Demilec is proud to have you in our family!