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A Special Note to Ex-Offenders

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Thursday, January 4, 2007; 2:51 PM

Ex-offenders searching for work face plenty of challenges. What is the biggest one?

Being banned from receiving food stamps or other financial assistance? No.

Being banned from taking some jobs (e.g., security, medicine, childcare, education)? No.

Being unfairly discriminated against by many narrow-minded employers? No.

Recovering from substance abuse? No. See "A Special Note to People in Recovery" for more.

Finding stable housing? No.

Getting access to transportation? No.

Getting access to health care? No.

Improving basic skills? No. (Free courses are available. Go to any public library and ask for information about Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).)

Finding interview/work clothes? No. (Free interview/work clothes are available. Go to any public library and ask for information about Bottomless Closet, Career Closet, Career Gear, Dress for Success, Working Wardrobes, and other like-minded organizations.)

Re-unification with loved ones? No.

The belief that no employer will hire you because you are an ex-offender? Yes.


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