The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services to individuals with criminal convictions. Our highly structured and tightly supervised programs help participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives. CEO’s vision is that anyone with a recent criminal history who wants to work has the preparation and support needed to find a job and to stay connected to the labor force.
CEO seeks to improve core outcomes of permanent employment and attachment to the workforce by better addressing participants’ behavioral health and social support needs. This project would bridge a critical gap between the justice, workforce development, and mental health systems.
In addition to providing direct services to participants, your donation will allow CEO to gather valuable information about the behavioral health needs of participants, which will inform further program improvement and advocacy efforts.
Your contribution to our campaign will help individuals like Pedro not only gain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions from incarceration to employment, but also will enable participants to better address their mental health-related barriers to success. After serving more than 20 years in prison, Pedro’s lack of experience, coupled with his mental illness, affected his confidence and ability to obtain a job. He struggled with adjusting to life after incarceration and at times felt hopeless. After meeting regularly with CEO staff and seeing a clinician for mental health services, Pedro was able to land a job building windows and doors at a local manufacturing company and shortly after, was offered another higher-paying position with a community life improvement program in Philadelphia. Pedro has recently reached his milestone of working consistently for one year, received a raise, and is working his way into a promotion to be a Crew Chief. Pedro continues to utilize CEO as a place where he can be open and honest with staff, remain connected to other service providers to accommodate his mental health needs, and continue working on his own success.