I’ve been thinking of starting this blog for awhile — mostly as a resource for my students. I teach job search and employment skills classes to inmates at our local correctional facility. I do it through OAR-Fairfax, a terrific nonprofit that assists ex-offenders in getting back on their feet. In addition to sponsoring classes, these folks do everything from helping newly-released men and women find clothing and a place to live to helping them find work.
Unfortunately, reduced funding has forced OAR and other firms like it to cut staff at a time when the population they serve is finding it more difficult than ever to land a job. The same thing is happening at re-entry organizations all over the country. So I thought it might be useful to have a spot where folks and their families could come for links, information and resources to aid them in rebuilding their lives after they’ve done their time.