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Cornbread Hustle Featured on Spectrum News 1

We are pleased to announce Cornbread Hustle is the winner of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Social Innovator of the Year award!

Cornbread Hustle founder Cheri Garcia led our entry in The Pitch, a social innovation competition hosted by the Dallas-area chapter of United Way. We were up against four other finalists, all of whom have produced amazing programs to serve our community.

In addition to the top prize, judges awarded five of the six grants up for grabs to Cornbread Hustle, totaling more than $140,000. We will use the funds to continue growing our mission to create jobs for men and women coming out of incarceration and in recovery.

We sincerely want to thank the judges; the event sponsors; Cheri’s mentoring team; United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; and everyone who has supported our efforts.

PROUDLY CERTIFIED BY SHRM and the Texas Comptroller’s Office

SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work

The Society for Human Resource Management, or SHRM, offers a special certification course through its SHRM Foundation. Getting Talent Back to Work aims to help connect employers with hard-working people who are ready to reenter the workforce but are held back by a criminal record.

All Cornbread Hustle recruiters have completed the ten-hour SHRM course and earned the Getting Talent Back to Work Certificate and Professional Development Credits.

The Office of the Texas State Comptroller Statewide Procurement Division recognizes and certifies certain companies through its Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. HUB certification recognizes vendors owned and operated by certain ethnic minorities, disabled veterans, and women.

Cornbread Hustle is proud to be HUB-certified by the State of Texas and eligible to provide additional employment opportunities with companies seeking a more diverse workforce.

about the founder


Cheri Garcia


Cheri Garcia is the Founder of Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency for second chances. Cheri is passionate about helping people with criminal backgrounds and individuals in recovery find transformation through employment or entrepreneurship.

As someone who has re-invented her own life, Cheri wanted to create a company to help others do the same. Before starting Cornbread Hustle, Cheri found her first transformation and recovery through inventing a tanning bed and starting a career in the TV news industry. She later found recovery a second time, but through faith and a sober lifestyle.

With a strong background in marketing and PR, Cheri uses the skills she acquired to help individuals getting out of prison re-brand themselves to become the person they want to be and get noticed by the people they want to meet.

Among her many achievements, Cheri was named to the 2021 Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 list of emerging entrepreneurs, and won five of six awards in The Pitch by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, including Social Innovator of the Year.