SSAI Reintegration Programs for Older Ex-Offenders
SSAI also specializes in workforce training and placement programs for ex-offenders to successfully reintegrate into their communities.
The greatest barrier for older workers is the training they need to secure a job. This is no different for older ex-offenders but they also face additional barriers such as:
- Stigma around hiring ex-offenders
- Unstable housing
- Unreliable transportation
- Requirements of probation, parole or treatment
Post release employment programs done right can have significant effect on decreasing rates of re-arrest. An example SSAI program is Back To Business.
Back to Business Program
The Back To Business program is an employment training and placement program specially designed for older ex-offenders. Back To Business combines the successful ex-offender experience of SSAI’s partner, DenverWorks, with the older worker expertise of Senior Service America. This unique combination comes to life in a tailored program for older ex-offenders. This specialization addresses unique needs of this population to support a successful lasting re-entry into their community. This program is made possible with funding by the NextFifty Initiative, a Colorado based foundation.
The key to Back To Business is the combination of career training, job placement, and job preparation.
Back to Business provides in-demand industry recognized credentials to clients around skills needed to procure and maintain a job. These industry recognized credentials address expectations and may include industry specific hard and soft skills. Industry recognized credentials address gaps in education and training for 21st century career attainment.
A Career Prep workshop includes an interest inventory, discussion of how to overcome barriers, hidden and open job markets, personal selling points, interviewing, goal-setting, facing fear and self-sabotage, and much more. Former offenders receive additional help around coping skills.
Back To Business provides direct placement in jobs for clients.
Back to Business maintains collaborative relationships with employers to increase success.
Participants who complete our job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, and community referrals for housing, healthcare, counseling, childcare, computer skills, food and other support services.
Job Preparation Services
In addition to career training and job placement Back To Business leverages services that help older ex-offenders stay employed continuously, which is a key to long-term success. This creates financial stability leads to housing stability.
In addition, we provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success–financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Statistics support that when these areas are addressed, our clients’ success rates for keeping a job and becoming contributing members of society rise significantly. The Back To Business program includes a 12-month follow up post job placement to address new needs and ensure long-term success.