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Employment Programs

Our Employment Program, includes traditional supports and an entrepreneurial initiative, to navigate the client’s path to traditional employment while exploring ways to identify supplemental income. Developing ways to earn supplementary income gives clients hope, purpose and most importantly money to address their day-to-day needs. 


Currently, our employment services include but are not limited to:

 

  • Assisting clients with implementing effective employment search strategies

  • Employment clinics and individual sessions for resume writing, developing interview skills with mock interviewing, discussing background checks and drug testing, teaching basic computer literacy.

  • Writing resumes and developing career portfolios

  • Facilitating career management and career decision-making workshops

  • Teaching financial literacy

  • Working closely with newly hired clients to ensure job retention

  • Development of a career pathway

The Underground
Our entrepreneurship consultation program offers assistance with creating and executing a business plan. We assist in obtaining LLCs, publishing, marketing, setting up sales pages, and more. For more information, contact Justin Flemmings at jflemmings@cfsldc.org. Also keep your eye out for pop-up shops that highlight our entrepreneurs!

Employment is one of the single most influential predictors that a person who has been incarcerated will remain out of prison.

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, limited work experience and a stigma attached to them by potential employers. To mitigate these barriers, our employment services works closely with clients at Fairview Halfway House and the 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 multiple partnered employers, who hire women returning home from prison or jail. By maintaining these relationships and monitoring trends in the workplace, CFLS helps clients progress towards a better future.
 

For more information, contact Katherine Russell at (202) 347-0511 or krussell@cflsdc.org .

Virtual Offerings
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The Employment Program is providing support to clients via Zoom video conference and over the telephone. Employment Resource group/workshop (assist individuals to navigate the unemployment system, provide current employers hiring, resume update assistance, mock interviews) online groups - twice a week for approximately 30-45 minutes. See our full list of services

Workshop
  • Virtual Interviewing

  • Resume Writing

  • Coping with job loss during COVID-19

  • Communication Development

  • Computer Basics 101

 

Services
  • Mock Interviews

  • Resume Revision

  • Interview Preparations

  • Job Searching during
    COVID-19

To inquire for specific virtual services and additional assistance, please contact virtualsupport@cflsdc.org.