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Work to be Done: Removing Employment Barriers

Today I read several articles that left me impressed with the work that needs to be done to help those crippled with employment barriers.

  • From the ABA Journal Post-conviction consequences make it difficult for ex-offenders to find jobs – here via @ABAJournal

The ABAJournal notes that: “The U.S. economy loses up to $65 billion in output each year because of fewer job opportunities for convicted felons, according to a 2010 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

  • From the Mining Journal – Area leaders, employers to discuss jobs for ex-prisoners – here

The Mining Journal notes these harsh statistics:  “more than 13,000 people are released from Michigan prisons each year and that a third will become reoffenders. Joblessness is identified as their primary barrier to finding success after prison” 

Michigan’s Role..

Laws have recently been enacted to further help remove employment barriers for convicted felons. You can check out my previous articles on the matter here

More Locally…

I also read today on LinkedIn an update posted by Mel Trotter Ministries and their “Street Court” initiative. Check out an older press release here.for details about how MTM helps helps the homeless with criminal backgrounds. Also see the Photo of Street Court in Action

I’m thankful for the work that Mel Trotter is doing to help the homeless in West Michigan clear up outstanding legal issues that are just another obstacle between them and employment..

Also Worth Praising their Efforts….

There are a number of great companies who reach out to support putting Michiganders with certain barriers to work.  Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids lead by CEO Kathy Crosby does a fantastic job of equipping this demographic and putting them into long term employment.

Some West Michigan companies who do a great job of reaching out to hire/place those with employment barriers are Proos Manufacturing and Fabricating lead by CEO Amy Proos and Cascade Engineering lead by (former) CEO Fred Keller. Others include Lacks EnterprisesKentwood Office Furniture and Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids lead by Janis Petrini to name a few.

These community partners deserve praise for their work putting to work the “unemployable” and the vulnerable in our local community..

To conclude, as I stated in the beginning of my post –

there’s work to be done.

Questions? Comments?

e-mail: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com


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