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Nov 23, 2021   |  By Colorado Springs Bussiness Journal

CEO Provides Second Chance Through Work

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Oct 25, 2021   |  By THE EAST County Gazette

Released Prisoners May Receive $2,750 in Direct Cash Assistance?

What happens if the state gives direct cash assistance—$2,750 spread out over three payments to released prisoners? This is what the state of California is trying out. A law now allows prosecutors to recommend incarcerated people for release if that person received a particularly excessive sentence, or has shown that ...

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Oct 25, 2021   |  By Freethink.com

Prisoners will get a $2,750 check when they leave prison

Gate money: The concept of “gate money” — a little bit of cash upon leaving prison — isn’t new. In fact, a lot of states send prisoners home with some funds in their pocket, generally at least enough for bus fare and a meal. But for most, the cash barely ...

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Oct 20, 2021   |  By The Crime Report

How $24M in Cash Grants Provided a Lifeline for Returning Citizens During Pandemic

Commentary by Sam Schaeffer and Ivonne Garcia: Navigating a return from prison or jail is hard even at the best of times. But during a pandemic it can be daunting. Scott, who was released from a California prison this year after serving six and a half years of a 10-year ...

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Sep 29, 2021   |  By Fast Company

This Program Is Testing What Happens When You Give Cash To People Leaving Prison

In California, a law allows prosecutors to recommend incarcerated people for release if that person received a particularly excessive sentence, or has shown that they’ve rehabilitated themselves while in prison. Now, 50 people who are released under that law will be part of a test: What happens if they also ...

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Sep 29, 2021   |  By MDRC

Innovative Cash Transfer Program Helped 10,000 Former Prisoners Meet Essential Expenses During Pandemic, Improving Their Feelings of Financial Stability

Nonprofit research organization MDRC released a new study today showing that the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) successfully implemented an ambitious cash transfer program, the Returning Citizens Stimulus, during the pandemic.

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Sep 27, 2021   |  By NEWS-TALK 1380 WAOK

CEO Atlanta Speaks With NEWS-TALK 1380 WAOK [PODCAST]

CEO Atlanta was a guest on the Rashad Richey Morning Show from 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Check out the segment that starts around the 7:40 AM mark.

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Sep 17, 2021   |  By Saporta Report

Reporter’s Notebook: Center for Employment Opportunities establishes first Georgia office

[Scroll towards the bottom for story] The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is coming to metro Atlanta, its first office in Georgia, in collaboration with GreenLight Atlanta. The two organizations aim to increase economic growth and mobility among folks who are coming home from prison.

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Sep 09, 2021   |  By Crains Detroit

GreenLight Fund Detroit seeks second-round funding for efforts to improve lives of Detroiters in poverty

Boston-based GreenLight Fund announced its intent to come to Detroit in 2016 and made its first "investment" or grant of $600,000 in 2018 to New York-based Center for Employment Opportunities to bring its proven model for getting returning residents into jobs to Detroit. Since then, the group has employed 25 ...

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Aug 18, 2021   |  By Stanford Social Innovation Review

How Listening to Constituents Can Lead to Systems Change

Giving stakeholders space to ask questions, interrogate findings, and brainstorm responses is a second way that peers evolved from listening to participants to empowering them to self-advocate. For example, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)—which works across 31 cities in the US to help formerly incarcerated individuals find steady jobs—began ...

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Aug 02, 2021   |  By Barron's

Removing Barriers to Success Created by the Criminal Justice System

The Justice and Mobility Fund is a collaborative effort of the Ford Foundation, Blue Meridian Partners, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, which together have pledged US$250 million to boost the economic mobility of 77 million Americans—about one third of all adults—who have been caught in the criminal ...

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Jul 30, 2021   |  By Fox19 Now

U.S. Bank uses grant to create employment opportunities [VIDEO]

Erica DiMartino-McNertney, CEO Cincinnati Site Director, joins Fox19 Now to discuss U.S. Bank's investment in CEO's program.

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Jul 28, 2021   |  By Business Wire

U.S. Bank Foundation invests $1 million to support emerging leaders and community-led solutions to address economic disparities

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Bank Foundation today announced a $1 million investment to 20 nonprofit organizations driven by a diverse group of exceptional emerging leaders who are focused on creating effective community-led solutions to the increasing economic disparities.

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Jul 27, 2021   |  By The NonProfit Times

Coalition Boosts Economic Mobility Within Criminal Justice System

A new coalition, The Justice and Mobility Fund, is heading an effort to help lift the economic fortunes and provide opportunities to people previously impacted by the criminal justice system. The coalition starts with an initial investment of $250 million, $145 million of which has already been distributed to nine organizations.

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Jul 22, 2021   |  By WABE FM

New Partnership Focuses On Helping Former Inmates Find & Maintain Employment [PODCAST]

Michael Taylor, CEO Atlanta Site Director, discusses the launch and goals of the organization's 31st location. Discussion starts at 25:30

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Jul 16, 2021   |  By Indeed.com

How to Implement Fair Chance Hiring at Your Organization

As many as one in three Americans have some kind of criminal record — more specifically, between 70 and 100 million. But even a minor infraction, such as a misdemeanor, can create lifelong obstacles for someone when it comes to accessing housing, public assistance and especially employment.

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Jul 15, 2021   |  By The Washington Post

Ford Foundation and partners announce $250 million commitment to easing the path from prison to workforce

LaTanicia Rogers needed a lot of things when she was released from federal prison last May. After serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence for Medicare fraud, Rogers was released early as covid-19 overran the prison where she was incarcerated. She saw guards and inmates become ill, and a woman ...

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Jul 08, 2021   |  By Yamirca Vazquez on Gotham Gazette

Opinion: Key Fixes for New York’s Broken Parole System Await the Governor’s Signature

It wasn’t the eight months of military-style, intense shock incarceration that finally broke me; it was my parole officer. After my incarceration at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility for non-violent offenders in Brocton, New York, I quickly realized I was living in constant fear of reincarceration. My parole officer had ...

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Jul 07, 2021   |  By SiliconValley.com

Opinion: Addressing biases and barriers can help solve worker shortage

Employers across California are asking, “Where can we find workers?” The truth is that many hundreds of thousands of Californians are locked out of opportunity. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Many of our state’s most pressing economic challenges are the consequence of inaction. In this case, more ...

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Jun 21, 2021   |  By Bloomberg

To Boost Hiring, New York Makes Case for a ‘Clean Slate’

For many Americans, criminal records stand as stubborn barriers to employment and housing. Several states are now advancing efforts to automatically seal and expunge those records.

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Jun 15, 2021   |  By WCPO 9

Getting Former Prisoners Back in the Workforce [Video]

It can be hard for people to find employment because of their past mistakes. However, this nonprofit helps citizens get back on track with the tools they need to find work.

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May 24, 2021   |  By 9news.com

CEO Denver's Kristen Payne Talks with Channel 9News About the Program in the Local Community.

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May 17, 2021   |  By Working Nation

A Transitional Work Program That Leads to Long-term Success

One in three adults in the United States has a criminal record. That’s 70 million people, according to American Progress. Even after they’ve fulfilled their time, the formerly incarcerated are five to seven times more likely to be unemployed, a statistic further exacerbated by COVID-19. Organizations such as the Center ...

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Apr 29, 2021   |  By San Francisco Chronicle

Google, nonprofits, to expand training for previously incarcerated people in Bay Area

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Apr 29, 2021   |  By Crains New York Business

Google Partners with Nonprofits on Skills Training for Formerly Incarcerated People

Google will join New York-based groups The Ladies of Hope Ministries, Center for Employment Opportunities, Defy Ventures and The Fortune Society to help improve job prospects for people with criminal records, a group that's unemployed at 5x the national average.

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Mar 18, 2021   |  By wsoctv.com

‘They have a chance’: Center finds jobs, restores hope for formerly incarcerated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte organization is making progress finding work for people released from prison, despite the pandemic. Channel 9 has previously reported on the outcome of a lawsuit that is forcing North Carolina prisons to release 3,500 people early due to COVID-19 concerns. Anchor Brittney Johnson talked to ...

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Feb 04, 2021   |  By USA TODAY

'You just want to ... have a chance.' Ex-offenders struggle to find jobs amid pandemic

Back in 2015, Bill Livolsi Jr. had no trouble finding work even though he'd been convicted of wire fraud and was upfront with potential employers about his crime. But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. "I am applying to jobs left, right and sideways, " says Livolsi, who has been ...

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Jan 07, 2021   |  By WCCB Charlotte

Wilson’s World: Proper Recycling and Waste Management with Mecklenburg County Solid Waste

For the past 3 months the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) has been working for Mecklenburg County. CEO provides immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration and provides employment to folks that normally would have a difficult time finding full time ...

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Jan 07, 2021   |  By BronxNet

BronxNet Discusses CEO's Program for the Formerly Incarcerated

OPEN Host Daren Jaime sits with the Communications Manager at the Center for Employment Opportunities, Jovanni Ortiz discussing how the program is providing employment services for recently incarcerated individuals.

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Nov 12, 2020   |  By Sasha Talks

Moving Mountains discuss CEO with Chris Watler [Podcast]

Sasha Talks welcomes the opportunity to recognize nonprofits that are delivering value and empowering communities through professional development within the United States. This segment highlights the efforts of CEO Works, Center for Employment Opportunities, which exclusively serves people who have recently returned home from incarceration, the majority of whom who ...

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Oct 28, 2020   |  By KRDO News

Wind, unsecured trash bring more litter along Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A common perception is that much of the litter that accumulates along I-25 in Colorado Springs comes from people who toss it from their vehicles as they drive by. But that's hardly the case.

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Oct 23, 2020   |  By Times of San Diego

San Diego ‘Gets It Done’ — 7,000 Tons of Trash Removed from Public Spaces

Three years into a citywide effort to keep San Diego clean and safe, Mayor Kevin Faulconer brought together partners of the city’s Clean SD program Tuesday to highlight the progress in removing more than 7,000 tons of trash, debris and waste from public spaces across the city.

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Sep 29, 2020   |  By Detroit Free Press

Michigan to end ban on food stamps for people with drug convictions

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Sep 29, 2020

Center for Employment Opportunities is increasing jobs and reducing recidivism for returning citizens

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Sep 29, 2020

'Now I have a second chance': Center for Employment Opportunities connecting former inmates with jobs in Charlotte

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Aug 27, 2020   |  By WROC

Putting Rochester First: Center for Employment Opportunities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — News 8 is continuing a two month initiative with the United Way called Putting Rochester First where we put the spotlight on local organizations that need your help. Jessica Centeno from the Center of Employment Opportunities came into the studio to discuss how their organization is ...

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Jul 31, 2020   |  By Detroit Free Press

Nonprofits offer stimulus to Detroiters returning home from prison, jail during COVID-19

Nonprofits that help individuals re-enter society after incarceration are providing up to $2,250 to hundreds of Detroiters who need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The Center for Employment Opportunities, a national nonprofit with an office in Detroit, is spearheading the Returning Citizens Stimulus for formerly incarcerated people and others involved ...

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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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