Getting “Back to Business”

Older returning citizens not only face the same challenges as older workers but additional barriers to employment related to their criminal history. Stable employment is one of the biggest factors in reducing recidivism, but older former offenders are often hindered by social stigma around hiring ex-offenders, unstable housing, unreliable transportation, and the requirements of probation, parole or treatment.

SSAI has developed workforce programs that address the unique needs of this population and support a successful lasting re-entry into their community. The key is our combination of career training, job preparation, placement, and post-placement support. 

former offenders of working age
impact to U.S. economy in lost output
potential job candidates re-entering the workforce every week

You may have dropped the ball at one time, but to be given the opportunity to be in the workforce and give back to the community is worth more than money itself.

Charles Brown, Back to Business Participants

SSAI Workforce Development for Ex-Offenders

Reduce Recidivism

More than half of ex-offenders are rearrested within 3 years. Post-release employment programs done right significantly decrease the rate of rearrest. In fact, participants in employment programs were found to be half as likely to return to prison at both 6 months and 1 year compared to average.

Career Training

Our training helps participants earn in-demand industry-recognized credentials around skills needed to procure and maintain a job.

Our workshops address overcoming barriers, navigating hidden and open job markets, interviewing, goal-setting, facing fears, and overcoming self-sabotage. Ex-offenders also receive additional help around coping skills to help manage their transition.

Job Placement

SSAI arranges for direct placement in jobs for ex-offenders.

In addition, we maintain collaborative relationships with employers, facilitating successful outcomes for both the ex-offender and the employer.

Job Retention

In addition to career training and job placement, we leverage services that help older ex-offenders stay employed continuously. The resulting financial stability leads to housing stability, both keys to long-term success. 

SSAI focuses on extensive follow up after initial job placement to address new client and employer needs and further ensure a lasting career.

If we lived in a world that only provided one chance, we’d all be in a lot of trouble. That’s the greatest part about a partnership with Senior Service America and The NextFifty Initiative is that we get to provide hope and perseverance to the folks that are coming through. We provide second chances.

Robert Andrews, President and CEO of CommunityWorks, a Senior Service America community partner