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Oriana House Offers Program to Assist Ex-offenders in Finding Employment

For Immediate Release: August 31, 2006
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt (330) 535-8116

"There is such a sense of pride that radiates when someone who is unemployed finds a job," said Joan Davidson, employment coordinator for Oriana House, Inc. Davidson hopes that many more people will experience that feeling thanks to a new program offered by Oriana House.

The Moving Toward Employment Program is available to assist ex-offenders in finding a job. Participants must be ex-offenders who are at the 6th grade reading level or above; have a minor child in the household or have a shared legal parenting agreement; and be unemployed or at 200% of the federal poverty level. There is no cost to attend the program which is funded by the County of Summit Department of Job and Family Services.

Clients will also participate in the ServSafe food safety training which is a food safety education and training program for the restaurant and food service industries.

Upon completion of ServSafe, clients attend an employment readiness class, which has been designed to answer several questions: Who am I? What are my values, needs, skills? What jobs are available in the community? What jobs will there be in the future? How can we get training for these jobs? What is the work world like? How do people get and keep jobs? How do I get from here to there? What is my career plan and possible obstacles?

"Clients will have continuous case management throughout the program. They will also learn how to complete applications, develop a resume, and interview in order to find a career in the food industry," said Davidson. "We have developed positive, working relationships with area employers in fields such as baking, food manufacturing, catering, etc.; and we will assist with job placement for successful graduates. Once they secure a job, we will assist them in keeping that job," added Davidson.

Once clients obtain employment they will attend employment aftercare to address any work related issues that they may be experiencing. The entire program can last up to seven weeks.

Orientation for the Moving Toward Employment Program is the first and third Tuesday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Oriana House's Administration Building located at 885 East Buchtel Avenue in Akron. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact the employment department at Oriana House at 330-535-8116, ext. 2072.

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