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The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

Ms. Magazine

Kristi Eaton

21 October 2019

McLoud, Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma’s Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is seeing its first graduating class of women coders. A nonprofit called The Last Mile offers training programs for incarcerated individuals with the goal of equipping them...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

30 July 2019

Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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In 2017, Ohio’s Fairfield County built a new jail that, for the first time in a long time, met minimum jail standards. Using bonds, the new jail included an increase in the amount of living space, better security stan...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

29 May 2019

Yonkers, New York, United States

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Greystone Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., hires applicants without requiring drug tests, background checks, or credit checks as a way to prioritize future success rather than past actions. The bakery's system of "open hiring...

Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

4 April 2019

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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The Woman's Co-op in Battle Creek, Michigan addresses a wide array of needs for women in the community, including food, clothing, transportation, housing, and childcare. The co-op offers free services, including assis...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

24 December 2018

Victoria, Australia

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As climate change has led to more frequent droughts and volatile weather in Australia, climate-dependent jobs like farming are increasingly imperiled. In response, the Australian state government of Victoria launched ...

Dayton Daily News

Katie Wedell

7 October 2018

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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Providing a comprehensive approach helps veterans struggling with addiction. At the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, when VA campus police who identify drug-related cases, patients are also paired with social w...

Dayton Daily News

Katie Wedell

14 August 2018

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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DV8 Kitchen in Lexington, Kentucky has twenty-five employees, all of whom are in recovery from drug addiction. The eatery's "second chance hiring" policy and general business take into consideration the special needs ...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

26 June 2018

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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A nonprofit in Charleston, South Carolina, uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help formerly incarcerated men shift their mindsets in order to meet the hefty challenges they face re-entering society. Turning Leaf Pro...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Manisera

20 June 2018

Sessa Aurunca, Italy

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A cooperative in Italy has repurposed land once owned by the Mafia to produce pasta and organic vegetables, and its employees are using this land to reclaim their lives. Beyond the Dreams’ provides meaningful work for...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Bill Myers

18 April 2018

Dixon, Illinois, United States

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Dixon is the second police department in the United States to stop jailing drug addicts and start helping them check into rehab centers instead. “We’re changing the way law enforcement views addiction — to see it as a...

News Deeply

Gabriella Canal

8 November 2017

Cartagena, Colombia

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Time served in prison often means the end of opportunity and hope for the incarcerated, but a special restaurant run from within the San Diego women's prison in Cartagena is working to change that. The women are train...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

18 October 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Washington D.C. struggles with the highest incarceration rates in the nation that already imprisons more people than any other country in the world. But a few determined individuals, including ex-offender Juan Reid, a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Quinn O'Callaghan

11 October 2017

Narbeth, Pennsylvania, United States

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Overwhelmingly, individuals who have been incarcerated will spend the rest of their lives dragging in-and-out of prison, with few resources to help break the cycle and get them back on their feet. But one program call...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Annie Mcdonough

6 September 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Christian Dennis stood up in front of his class and told them about his life: He sold drugs, went to prison three times before the age of 18, and realized he had to start over. That’s all his classmate, Bob Logue need...

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Neil Parmar

27 August 2017

Toronto, Canada

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A pilot program in Canada is providing increased job opportunities for disadvantaged populations - including refugees, those with disabilities, and laborers who have been unemployed long-term - through a special progr...

The Story Exchange

Colleen DeBaise

Sue Williams

6 June 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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After serving time in prison, finding a job can be a major challenge. Road 22 aims to help. The luxury clothing brand employs eight formerly-incarcerated women and plans to hire more as business grows.

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Peak Johnson

11 May 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Many previously incarcerated people struggle to both rehabilitate and gain the necessary skills for a successful post-prison life. This article looks at Hope Hall, a halfway house using a comprehensive approach meant ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

20 April 2017

Yonkers, New York, United States

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In Yonkers, Pennsylvania, Greyston Bakery's open hiring process gives a chance to those who might not have been hired otherwise. The company doesn't conduct background checks, look at resumes, require a skills test, o...

Fortune

Claire Zillman

26 October 2016

United States

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People with autism struggle to gain employment. EY and other private companies have started programs to employ autistic individuals, harnessing their skills, tailoring the onboarding process to suit their needs, and h...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Olivera Perkins

9 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Volunteers of America's Face Forward 2 program offers a second chance to youth offenders by focusing on education and employment. Destyni Iverson believes the program potentially changed the trajectory of life. Sh...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

14 April 2016

Texas, United States

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There is a high rate of recidivism for juvenile offenders, Chad Houser started Cafe Momentum with the aims to help these individuals develop a new life. The food is made by young offenders who go through a year long i...

Inc. Magazine

Zoe Henry

17 November 2015

Stony Brook, New York, United States

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It is very difficult for people with disabilities to find work. Specialisterne is a Danish company that trains high-functioning autistic employees for IT jobs and partners with IT companies to get them hired by alteri...

NationSwell

Raisa Bruner

9 November 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Instituto del Progreso Latino, a vocational school in Chicago, is comprehensively helping Latino immigrants living in the U.S. educate themselves, find professional work, and rise above poverty.

Newark Advocate

Jona Ison

3 May 2015

Newark, Ohio, United States

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Research shows that successful addiction recovery requires a comprehensive approach and multiple types of support. Ohio is in the midst of shifting its approach to vocational rehabilitation to an evidence-based approa...

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