Affiliated 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.

Beacon of Hope
c/o Nehemiah Manufacturing
1907 South St
Cincinnati, Ohio  45204

Katie Schad
Project Manager
(513) 813-2730

Elle Baker
Support Specialist
(513) 813.2686

Affiliate Overview


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.


Government Assistance

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.

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.

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 or

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

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.