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Jun 01, 2020   |  By Detroit Free Press

Groups want Whitmer to end lifetime ban on food stamps for people with drug convictions

A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to end a longtime policy that permanently bans Michiganders from receiving food stamps if they have two or more felony drug convictions.Advocates argue the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy that disqualifies people from Supplemental ...

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Mar 10, 2020   |  By Public Radio Tulsa 89.5

[PODCAST] Getting to Know Tulsa's Center for Employment Opportunities

On this edition of ST, we learn about Tulsa's Center for Employment Opportunities (or CEO). CEO is a nationwide nonprofit that helps people who've just come out of prison find jobs and/or acquire skills and training. The Tulsa CEO branch opened in 2011; our guest is Adrienne Yandell, who directs ...

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Feb 19, 2020   |  By FOX Rochester

United Way Wednesday: Center for Employment Opportunities

This week’s United Way Wednesday highlights the Center for Employment Opportunities in Rochester. Sarah Fletcher, site director, joined us to explain how the United Way is working with the center to provide people with tools needed to build a successful career and maintain financial stability.

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Feb 18, 2020   |  By WBAI

The Positive Mind Radio Show Interview on Mental Health

The Positive Mind Show on 99.5FM in New York City spoke with Christopher Watler, CEO’s Chief External Affairs Officer and Alexandra Poolt, CEO’s Manager of Supportive Services regarding the organization's mental health initiatives.

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Jan 30, 2020   |  By Local 12 News

Picking up trash on Ohio's highways, interstates is never-ending work

Helping ODOT in cleanup efforts are inmates at the Lebanon Correctional Institution and workers from the Center for Employment Opportunities. “That is a tremendous benefit to us. It saves time, money, puts our manpower to work to maintain the roadways, repair the roadways,” said Fuller. "When you’re looking at the ...

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Dec 20, 2019   |  By The Returning Citizen

[PODCAST] Center for Employment Opportunities: Providing jobs as a launchpad

The Returning Citizens interviews CEO Detroit. Finding a job can be a daunting task for returning citizens for all types of reasons-- gaps in work experience, lack of resources, stigma, and so much more. In this episode, we sit down with a team that’s in the trenches every day, hitting ...

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Dec 10, 2019   |  By KRDO News

Weather slows some trash pickup along I-25 in Colorado Springs

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the frequency of snowstorms this fall is delaying some trash removal.The private agency [Center for Employment Opportunities] former prison inmates who do the work as part of their parole -- replacing Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, which employed volunteers who working off community service ...

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Nov 15, 2019   |  By News 9

Oklahoma's First Lady Welcomes Commuted Workers To Centennial House

It’s been 10 days since Oklahoma’s historic commutation. Nearly 500 inmates were released from the Oklahoma DOC. With a record, many formerly incarcerated individuals knew it would be hard to find work. But some of those who found the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), landed in the governor’s backyard.

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Nov 05, 2019   |  By KTUL 8 ABC Tulsa News

Hundreds of Oklahomans are free from prison tonight, but what happens next?

Oklahoma no longer leads the nation in incarcerated citizens. This was not a one-time event to try to make the numbers look better, it's actually a change that took place three years ago in the courts. Several felonies were dropped down to misdemeanors for things like simple drug possession and ...

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Oct 30, 2019   |  By Bronxnet

CEO's Sr. Director Cynthia Brackett of Vocational Services on BronxNet Talks Bronx Open House & More

Senior Director Cynthia Brackett of Vocational Services for Center for Employment Opportunities (C.E.O.), joins Host Doctor Bob Lee on BronxNet for a look at their Bronx location, their work to provide employment, and their upcoming Bronx ribbon cutting.

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Oct 08, 2019   |  By Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet

Kentucky Launches Partnership with Nation's Largest Evidence-Based Reentry Employment Provider

FRANKFORT, KY (Oct. 8, 2019) – The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) today announced the opening of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) -- a program that provides immediate, comprehensive employment services to people returning home from prison.

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Sep 26, 2019   |  By NON DOC

‘It’s hard coming out of the penitentiary’: CEO offers new opportunities

As a regular routine, Sky Easley gets up at 5:50 a.m., brushes his hair and teeth, eats a block of cheese for breakfast and hops on his bike for a 19-minute ride to a “work crew” meeting at Northwest 4th Street and North Walker Avenue. Easley, 23, and other individuals ...

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Aug 07, 2019   |  By Velocity OKC

CENTER FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES PLANS TO HELP MORE CLIENTS INSIDE ITS NEW, LARGER SPACE

With its larger space, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is planning to expand its reach to formerly incarcerated residents. Since June, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member CEO has been operating out of its new space, 501 N. Walker Ave., Suite 160. The nonprofit organization used Chamber-member CBRE commercial real ...

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Jul 31, 2019   |  By Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

For Minority Mental Health Month and Beyond, Services Must Meet People Where They Are

The scenario was familiar to anyone working in social services: a young man sat in the reception area of the Center for Employment Opportunities’ New York City office waiting for a weekly appointment with his job coach. Recently released from incarceration, he had enrolled in CEO’s reentry employment services, joined ...

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Jun 28, 2019

Rochester's New Office Open House a Success!

CEO Rochester hosted a successful new office opening event on June 27, 2019 to formally introduce the new space to the community! It was a packed event with guest speakers that included The Monroe County District Attorney, Sandra Doorley, Monroe County Public Defender Director, Tim Donaher, City Councilmember Willie Lightfoot ...

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Jun 21, 2019   |  By Walter Smith-Randolph, WKRC , Local 12 news

C.E.O. Works battles the prison-to-poverty pipeline in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - In Cincinnati, there's a new program working to end the prison-to-poverty pipeline. The goal is to help people formerly incarcerated find housing and work. In just one year, C.E.O. has helped 196 people. Patrick Guggino is one of them.

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Mar 01, 2019   |  From NewsOK

Stitt appoints reform advocates to parole board

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced three appointments to the state’s Pardon and Parole Board on Tuesday that he said will bring a “fresh perspective” to a board from which he wants more inmate applications. The governor’s office announced the appointment of Kelly E. Doyle, Adam Luck and Robert Gilliland, who each ...

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Feb 28, 2019   |  From Monster.com

How to address your criminal history in a job interview

For many job seekers with a criminal background, getting asked by a prospective employer to describe their record is their worst nightmare. But having a criminal past isn’t a deal-breaker for most employers, a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Charles Koch Institute (CKI) ...

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Feb 06, 2019   |  By Nicholas Kristof , From the New York Times

How I Would Spend Trump’s Wall Money

Is an additional $5.7 billion for a border wall really the best way to protect Americans? While President Trump is playing with billions of dollars and millions of lives, I decided to play with that money, too – to advance the greater good. Here’s our own toy wall, which may ...

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Jan 30, 2019   |  From The Hill

Time for businesses to take the second step for prison reform

This past December, President Trump signed into law the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act — also known as the First Step Act. This legislation represents a powerful bipartisan commitment to federal criminal justice reform. Following the passage of the First Step Act, there has been ...

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Jan 22, 2019   |  By Fox25 News

Oklahoma City: Finding career success after prison

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the United States, and leaving the system can be a vulnerable time for a person. The Center for Employment Opportunities says job training for people who were formerly incarcerated is a money saver for tax payers and ...

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Dec 17, 2018   |  By the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Improving an Employment Service With a Former Prisoner’s Feedback

When Betty McCay finished a 27-year prison sentence, she was 63 and needed help finding work. The Oakland, California, chapter of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), an organization that helps formerly incarcerated people find jobs, got her a position picking up trash on California highways. CEO sends texts to ...

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Dec 07, 2018   |  By Vail Daily News

CDOT acknowledged for parolee work program partnership with Center for Employment Opportunities

DENVER — The Center for Employment Opportunities has recognized the Colorado Department of Transportation for its role in providing transitional work to individuals on probation or recently released on parole. CDOT's partnership with the Center for Employment Opportunities has provided employment for nearly 200 people since May 2017. Participants in ...

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Dec 05, 2018   |  By Brad Dudding and Chris Watler , Stanford Social Innovation Review

Building Organizational Muscle and Mindset to Gather Participant Feedback

The Black Lives Matter movement and national voices like Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative have placed a spotlight on the grim shortcomings of our criminal justice system—calling for it to improve the lives entrusted to it. Downstream organizations like ours, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), are also ...

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Nov 15, 2018   |  Crain's New York

More nonprofits embrace data-driven decision making

In a world awash in data, it's not only Wall Street firms and Silicon Alley data scientists crunching numbers these days. Nonprofits, traditionally viewed as risk-averse, slow-moving organizations, are increasingly getting on the performance-review train. A growing number of firms are amassing information, analyzing trends and testing methods to better ...

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Sep 10, 2018   |  Kusi News

San Diego Center for Employment Opportunities helps former inmates find jobs

One local organization is giving jobs to hundreds of people who were formerly incarcerated. Elizabeth Alvarez was live with Robert Smith from the Center for Employment Opportunities to talk about how the organization helps former inmates get back on their feet after prison.

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Sep 01, 2018

Funding Feedback

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Dec 26, 2017   |  The San Bernardino Sun

How the Center for Employment Opportunities in San Bernardino gives those on probation or parole a second shot

SAN BERNARDINO – Inside an inconspicuous building on South E Street, Michael Wahome, Larry Bethea, Armando Lopez and a team of others are attempting to lower recidivism statistics one parolee, one probationer, one person at a time. Those at the Center for Employment Opportunities know what they’re up against: A ...

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