513 813-2730

Affiliated Contacts

SOCIAL SERVICE AFFILIATE CONTACTS

These are the organizations in Cincinnati dedicated to helping returning citizens become work-ready. They work with individuals on communication skills, employer expectations, resume help, interviewing and job search. Some also provide pre-screening with recidivism risk and aptitude assessments, drug screening, and background checks. (Often the associated Temp Staffing service will offer drug screening and background checks as part of their services as well.) Many have additional programs to help individuals move beyond struggle to stability with solutions for housing, transportation, home finances, GED and adult education, substance abuse programs, spiritual guidance, and more. Some track with an individual for a year, some for two years, others for life. Click here to download the list of Social Service Contacts.

SOCIAL SERVICE CONTACTS

SOCIAL SERVICE AFFILIATES

CONTACT

SITE VISIT

RESOURCE FOCUS

CityLink Center

800 Bank Street

Cincinnati, OH  45214

citylinkcenter.org

Dani Watkins

513 357-2000 ext 1004

employment@citylinkcenter.org

 

required

Working poor, some Second Chance Citizens
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for two years. Reengage as needed.

WORK READINESS

(see Cincinnati Works)

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

• housing

• transportation

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance option

Cincinnati Works

708 Walnut Street  2nd Floor

Cincinnati, OH  45202

cincinnatiworks.org

Jessica Thompson

513 744-5625

jthompson@cincinnatiworks.org

required

Working poor, some Second Chance Citizens.
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for one year.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

(see CityLink Center)

Jobs Plus Emp Network

of City Gospel Mission

1805 Dalton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45214

citygospelmission.org

Abe Woolfolk

work 513 241-1800

cell 513 787-2180

awoolfolk@jobsplusnetwork.org

encouraged

Faith-based working poor, some Second Chance Citizens, and young adults.
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for one year. Reengage as needed.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

• job placement

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

• housing

• transportation

• one on one mentoring

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance

H.E.L.P. Program

1600 Madison Road

Cincinnati, OH  45206

helpprogramcincinnati.net

Brother Mike Murphy

513 961-0027

bro.mike.murphy@gmail.com

encouraged

Second Chance Citizens

Young (18-30) primarily male

Resource Development Services Include:

Mentors track with an individual for at least a year. May reengage as needed.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

(try to create work units of 5-6 individuals to be hired together)

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

• housing

• transportation

• one on one mentoring

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

3458 Reading Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45229

gcul.org

Robert Rodgers

513 487-6514

rrodgers@gcul.org

encouraged

male African American, working poor, many Second Chance Citizens
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for one year. Reengage as needed.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

• housing

• transportation

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance option

Hamilton County

Office of Reentry

138 E. Court St, Rm 101

Cincinnati, OH   45202

hamiltoncountyohio.gov/das/reentry/

DeAnna Hoskins

513 946-4304

deanna.hoskins@hamilton-co.org

encouraged

Recently released Second Chance Citizens
Resource Development Services Include:

Serve individual upon Correctional Center exit.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

• housing

• transportation

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance option

Community Action Agency

1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

cincy-caa.org/

Leonard Sayles

513 924-2031

l.sayles@cincy-caa.org

encouraged

Working poor, many Second Chance Citizens (Fresh Start)
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for one year. Reengage as needed.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

LIFE COACHING/STABILITY

• housing

• transportation

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance option

River City Correctional Center

3220 Colerain Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45225

drc.ohio.gov/public/cbcf/river_city.htm

Laura Ferrarelli

513 946-6856

LFerrarelli@cms.hamilton-co.org

encouraged

Work-release program for Second Chance Citizens (male and female).
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for six months after release from their program.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

LIFE COACHING

• housing

• transportation

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance option

Talbert House

4531 Reading Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229

talberthouse.org

Kerry Austin

513 961-3292 x1944

kerry.austin@talberthouse.org

encouraged

Work-release program for Second Chance Citizens, recovering substance abusers.
Resource Development Services Include:

Track with an individual for one year. Reengage as needed.

WORK READINESS

• communication skills

• employer expectations

• resume help

• interviewing

• job search

LIFE COACHING

• housing

• transportation

• home finances

• GED and adult education

• substance abuse program

• spiritual guidance option

BEACON OF HOPE BUSINESS ALLIANCE CONTACTS

Beacon of Hope
c/o Nehemiah Manufacturing
1130 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, Ohio  45214

Katie Schad
Project Manager
(513) 813-2730
kschad@nehemiahmfg.com

Ohio Justice & Policy Center

215 E 9th St #601
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Sasha Appatova
Attorney / Second Chance Legal Clinics Director
421-1108 ext. 20
sappatova@ohiojpc.org

Partners for a Competitive Workforce
c/o United Way of Greater Cincinnati
2400 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio  45202

Stephen Tucker
(513) 371-3855
Stephen.Tucker@uwgc.org

Affiliate Overview

FINDING A MENTOR COMPANY

Some companies prefer to have an experienced mentor company to guide them in working with Second Chance resources. Your Social Service Affiliates have been working with companies in this capacity for years. Ask your contact to see if they can set up a relationship with a company whose profile is similar to yours. Or contact the Beacon of Hope Business Alliance.

There is also a Private Forum on LinkedIn for companies in the Beacon of Hope Business Alliance to share, discuss and develop Best Practices. You can join the forum by requesting an invitation. Write to kschad@nehemiahmfg.com.

Government Assistance

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYERS

In recent years, great strides have been made in the area of protection and support for companies who wish to hire returning citizens. You can find great help in navigating this landscape from the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. They have issued a document that deftly outlines the programs listed below. You can download The Redemption and Retention Gateway here.

(CQE) CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Concerned about negligent hiring and regulations? Ohio employers have the opportunity to maximize their talent pool by relying on the fairly new Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE). If a worker has a CQE, businesses cannot be sued for negligent hiring. And these workers cannot be categorically excluded from jobs and job-related licenses by over-restrictive regulations. Learn more at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center or Certificates of Qualification for Employment.

FEDERAL BONDING PROGRAM

This program, administered in our state by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, offers employers a $5,000 bond that lasts for 6 months. It can cover any employee with a criminal records that is initially deemed a risk to the company. The employer applies for this. You can get more information and forms at http://www.bonds4jobs.com or bit.ly/OhioFedBonding.

(WOTC) WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT

This program, administered in our state by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, offers employers a tax-credit of up to $2,400 per eligible worker. An eligible worker includes people with felony records within 1 year of their release from prison. The employer applies for this soon after the hire. Note: applications must be submitted to the Ohio WOTC Office within 28 days of the start to work date to meet the timely filing criteria. You can get the form at jfs.ohio.gov/wotc.

TITLE VII WATCH OUT: CATEGORICALLY EXCLUDING JOB APPLICANTS BASED ON CRIMINAL RECORD

Winning the best talent for your company goes hand-in-hand with EEOC compliance. That federal agency requires that any criminal-record-based hiring exclusion be job related and consistent with business practices. Courts have ruled that categorically excluding job applicants based on criminal records may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, because such a policy often has a racially disparate impact. See the checklist that can help you build a solid hiring policy – to get the best workers without being held back by criminal-record issues. Download The Redemption and Retention Gateway here.

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Beacon of Hope Business Alliance c/o Nehemiah Manufacturing 1130 Findlay Street Cincinnati, OH  45214

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Kristen Meyer 
(513) 673.7524 
kmeyer@nehemiahmfg.com

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Katie Schad 
(513) 813.2730
kschad@nehemiahmfg.com

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