Lawrence business owner hiring ex-convicts and the homeless

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Everyone deserves a second chance but sometimes they’re hard to come by. That’s why one man in Lawrence employs only ex-felons and the homeless. It’s a growing program that even caught the eye of actress Kristen Bell from the Disney movie "Frozen."

There’s always work to be done at Sun Cedar.

Each wood carving is handmade and signed by ex-felons, the homeless, or recovering addicts in need of a second chance. This program has been a lifesaver for Abraham White-Weasel.

“It’s hard to get out of that situation if that’s all you really know,” he said.

Since creating the program, Shine Adams has employed 18 people and counting. He now hopes to expand the program and the products.

Each wood carving like this one will come with its own bottle of cedar oil. You’ll open the bottle and pour it onto the wood carving and rub it in. It can be hung in the home or car.

Sun Cedar will soon move into Penn House, a resource center, and also partner up with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Adams started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $75,000 so that he can help even more people.

“You can come to work at sun cedar, meet your re-entry specialist case manager, in the next room take some GED pre-tests. It’s really exciting,” said Adams.

Adams recently received a generous donation from movie star Kristen Bell. White-Weasel nearly froze knowing Veronica Mars supports a cause that gave him and so many others a new lease on life.

“It helped me feel like a normal person, being able to work and make money. It gives you a reason to get up,” White-Weasel said.

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