Taking on a massive challenge in the community is not a single sector issue…we can not merely point to the public or private sector, the for-profits or not-for-profits, the faith-based or the secular. Issues facing our community are interwoven across business, education, and justice and we all have a role to play.
We are extremely fortunate to have a company like Nehemiah Manufacturing, led by Dan Meyer and Richard Palmer, who are doing great as a business by doing good. CityLink and our workforce partner, Cincinnati Works, are excited to have businesses who are willing to open their doors to clients who need a second chance. Read about Nehemiah’s experience in this recent op-ed by Dan.
In the last 4-weeks CityLink held a presentation for 12 employers interested in learning more about a second chance and Nehemiah launched the Beacon of Hope to inspire more businesses to get engaged. This is a great start.
It is time for our community to step forward and realize that if we give returning citizens no opportunity to engage in the workforce, our recidivism rates will only continue. Great employment partners like CincinnatiWorks are ready to prepare and train individuals to re-enter the workforce but there needs to be a job on the other side of that training.
Nehemiah has proven that second-chance employment works. We need more employers like Nehemiah, to learn more about these opportunities you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.