Our Employment Program offers a variety of services to assist our clients to reach their long-term goals and endeavors in achieving quality employment opportunities.
In the past year, CFLS has provided over 200 clients with employment services! Currently, our employment services include but are not limited to:
Assisting clients with implementing effective employment search strategies.
Developing career portfolios.
Facilitating career management and career decision-making workshops.
Individual sessions to develop interview skills (including mock interviews that are video recorded for later review and reflection with client)
Monthly outreach throughout the community.
Employment clinics for resume writing, developing interview skills with mock interviewing, discussing background checks and drug testing, teaching basic computer literacy.
Working closely with new hire clients for job retention.
As we continue to serve more reentry women, our employment program has initiated activities and programs to address the barriers that they face when reintegrating into society after a period of incarceration.
According to the Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation (FAMM), the female prison population in the United States has grown by over 800 percent in the last 30 years. With employment being one of the single most influential predictors that a person who has been incarcerated will remain out of prison, women returning home from jail or prison face numerous barriers that impede her ability to obtain and maintain stable employment. Many have a history of low educational attainment including lack of reading ability, limited work experience and stigma attached to them by potential employers. To mitigate these barriers, our employment services works closely with clients at Fairview Halfway House and Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF) through individual counseling sessions and employment clinics.
To secure employment, the counselor networks and consults with employers and community organizations. Currently, we have 38 partnered employers, out of which 22 accept reentry women. By maintaining these relationships and monitoring trends in the workplace, CFLS helps clients progress towards a better future.
For more information, contact Andrea Chichester at (202) 347-0511 Ext 3070 or Achichester@cflsdc.org.