Friday, April 8, 2011

Finding Work With a Record - Part 2

Who do you think is more appreciative of finding a job: 1)a person who already has one - but is looking for something different; 2)one who is out of work - yet has strong skills and high hopes there will be work again when the economy improves; or 3)a criminal coming out of prison/jail with little hope of securing employment because few want to take the chance?

With the promise of government tax-breaks offered as a monetary incentive, and the Federal Bonding program as insurance against detrimental activity and risk-exposure, what else would keep you from hiring an “ex-con”?

So what are some commonly acceptable jobs for criminals? 

  • janitor,
  • fast-food cook,
  • gas-station attendant,
  • automotive mechanic,
  • day-labor(construction, painting, lawn care),
  • telephone customer service.

What do they all have in common? Two things:

  1. keep “them” away from money/credit-cards
  2. keep “them” away from customers & potential lawsuit


Do you know of many jobs that fit that description?


How can it look like when a convict has a skill?

  • short-order cook at small restaurant, with proper training - a chef
  • welding (needs special training)
  • independent road-crews(may need special training)
  • possibly a baker? (see a video below)

What does the future look like for the uneducated, or low skilled criminal?

  • bleak

How can we help?

  • volunteer to tutor inmates & those released for a GED
  • encourage programs for specific skills training, such as those above
  • work with the county to make known the places willing to hire, the “Felon-Friendly”

When we understand the depth of God’s love and forgiveness, it deepens our love for Him. It also means that we no longer look down on other sinners or think that we are better than anyone else.

In the New Testament book of Luke, Chapter 7, the woman understood the depth of her sin and knew she could only count on God’s great mercy. Christ then told a story of two men with huge debts that they couldn’t pay (Luke 7:41-42). Yet the moneylender canceled both of their debts. Jesus asked the Pharisee, “Which of them will love him (the moneylender) more?” (Luke 7:42 NIV). The Pharisee said the one with the greater debt.


Why hire a felon? 

  • they often find creative solutions to problems because they think outside of the box!
  • they live with a determination to succeed because they have something to prove!
  • often resourceful, tell them they cannot “do it” and a way will be found
  • to help someone less fortunate, a person in need of a second chance

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

Next Week: When an Education Hurts A Criminal Find Work

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