It’s a fact that finding stable employment is a significant challenge for individuals returning to communities after incarceration. Data suggests that 90 percent of parole violations stem from unemployment or lack of income. Public safety and the community tax base are improved when returning citizens achieve their goal of sustainable work and competitive wages.
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is well-positioned to implement comprehensive, individualized and evidence-based practices to help returning citizens find and keep a job. Our ReEntry Services are focused on helping people with criminal records overcome barriers to employment, independence and success. We begin with outreach and preparation for prisoners before they are released from our local, county, state and federal facilities.
Several components of our proven ReEntry program are made possible through partnerships that offer cognitive-skills training, referrals for mental health and chemical dependency treatment centers, child support services, legal aid, rehabilitation for those with disabilities, and access to housing assistance resources. Through case management, education, training, employment preparation, mentoring and other support services, this program is responsive to the particular needs and barriers of this population.
Green Line connects cities, employment
Goodwill-Easter Seals will begin offering employment assistance for citizens along the new Light Rail Green Line. Scheduled to open in June, the new rail line will connect St. Paul and Minneapolis.
New graduates benefit from your support
With the help of generous community supporters, two recent graduates of our Automotive Service Technician training have the tools they need to start their new careers.
Spouses find new skills, jobs
James and Bertha walked in the door of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota seeking long-term stability in their lives. Their pasts were filled with criminal records, addiction, mental health issues, drugs and short-term thinking. But those rocky roads led them to each other, and to us. That's how our Employment Training & Education program welcomed the first-ever husband and wife team attending classes simultaneously.