A story of hope, and a lopsided deal
A national ministry for addicts has a record of success, but its work program leaves some vulnerable men feeling misused
Recovering addicts from a Christian evangelical church in Philadelphia were used to help renovate Boston’s Marriott Copley Plaza last winter for $4 an hour, less than half the state’s minimum wage. After an investigation by Massachusetts authorities, a contractor agreed to pay back wages owed to the men. But the job at the Marriott was just one of many hotel renovations in recent years where men from the church have worked long hours for short wages.