Dec 02, 2022 | By Alex Mitchell and Emily Montgomery
From participant to advocate, RayVon is advancing criminal legal system reforms
RayVon is dedicated to working as a champion for the rights of people impacted by the criminal legal system . “My goal is to have my voice heard and my advocacy recognized,” he says. RayVon serves as a facilitator for the Participant Advocacy Council (PAC), a program by the Center ...
Nov 28, 2022 | By Emily Montgomery
As CEO’s new Midwest Social Enterprise Manager, Quincy is creating pathways to economic mobility
Like many young graduates, Quincy wasn’t sure where life would take him after school, but he knew he wanted to work in criminal justice reform. Growing up, he had older siblings impacted by the criminal justice system. He says that had a big effect on his family and led him ...
Nov 03, 2022 | By Outlier Media
After waiting three decades, 54-year-old Michigander will vote in first general election
At 54 years old, William Lewis is a first-time voter. It’s not that Lewis wasn’t interested in voting before this election cycle — for more than three decades, he was denied the right to vote because of several felony convictions and a prison sentence for armed robbery. But Lewis, who ...
Aug 31, 2022 | By Channor Lewis
Opinion: Why companies should hire formerly incarcerated workers like me
First posted in The Detroit News on August 31, 2022 I’ve been an information technology support specialist in Detroit for half a year now, and I consider myself lucky because I love my job helping other people solve problems. But it wasn’t easy getting here. As a formerly incarcerated man ...
Aug 31, 2022 | By The Detroit News
Opinion: Why companies should hire formerly incarcerated workers like me
I’ve been an information technology support specialist in Detroit for half a year now, and I consider myself lucky because I love my job helping other people solve problems. But it wasn’t easy getting here.
Jul 22, 2022 | By WDIV Local 4
Multiple organizations work to clean up flooded basements on Detroit’s east side
It happened over a year ago, but folks on Detroit’s east side still desperately need help cleaning out flooded basements. Thanks to a significant grant, workers were out in the neighborhood Thursday doing just that.
Jul 19, 2022 | By Model D Media
New grant to help homeowners clean up basement flood damage
At the top of the year, nonprofit neighborhood organization Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) announced a new program that would help residents of the East Jefferson corridor repair, replace, and elevate furnaces damaged by basement flooding brought on by the rainstorms of 2021, a program bolstered by a $250,000 grant from ...
Jul 06, 2022 | By Michigan Chronicle
JEI Receives $125K to Support Flood-Related Basement Clean-Ups
Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) and the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) have received a $125,000 grant from the McGregor Fund to support their partnership in providing emergency support for flooding-related basement clean-ups for low-income households in Detroit.
Jun 28, 2022 | By Crain's Detroit
GreenLight Fund exceeds goal in 2nd round of fundraising for anti-poverty programs
GreenLight Fund Detroit, launched to bring to the region programs with proven success in lifting people out of poverty, has completed a second round of funding.
Apr 04, 2022 | By Quiana Pugh
Members of Congress hear from justice-impacted individuals
At CEO, we have a vision that each person returning home from incarceration will have access to a quality job and economic mobility. Even though more than 600,000 individuals return home from incarceration each year, they are largely unable to access our country’s public workforce system and the support needed ...
Mar 24, 2022 | By Detroit Free Press
Opinion: Little-known policy penalizes returning citizens training for new jobs
As more than 10,000 Michiganders prepare to rejoin their communities this year, they will face steeper barriers to rebuilding their lives because of a little-known policy that penalizes them for pursuing critical job skills and paid training that aligns with their career dreams.
Jan 24, 2022 | By Eric Borsuk
SNAP offers critical support for returning citizens but improvements are needed
Isaac talks on a cell phone outside of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training center in Detroit, Michigan, during his lunch break. Despite the cold weather, he insists that the fresh air is gladly welcomed. After being incarcerated for over four decades, he is taking the reentry process “day-by-day.” While ...
Nov 18, 2021 | By Eric Borsuk
A Returning Citizen From Michigan Is Giving Back To His Community
Konrad was born and raised in the rough streets of Detroit, Michigan. As a promising student in school, he had hopes of one day attending college. However, due to an abusive father, he found himself homeless and living on the streets at age 13. This unfortunate and dangerous turn of ...
Sep 09, 2021 | By Crains Detroit
GreenLight Fund Detroit seeks second-round funding for efforts to improve lives of Detroiters in poverty
Boston-based GreenLight Fund announced its intent to come to Detroit in 2016 and made its first "investment" or grant of $600,000 in 2018 to New York-based Center for Employment Opportunities to bring its proven model for getting returning residents into jobs to Detroit. Since then, the group has employed 25 ...
Sep 29, 2020 | By Detroit Free Press
Michigan to end ban on food stamps for people with drug convictions
Michiganders with two or more felony drug convictions will no longer be banned for life from receiving food stamps under a change in the state budget.
Sep 25, 2020
Center for Employment Opportunities Celebrates SNAP Reform in Passage of Budget
Jul 31, 2020 | By Detroit Free Press
Nonprofits offer stimulus to Detroiters returning home from prison, jail during COVID-19
Nonprofits that help individuals re-enter society after incarceration are providing up to $2,250 to hundreds of Detroiters who need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The Center for Employment Opportunities, a national nonprofit with an office in Detroit, is spearheading the Returning Citizens Stimulus for formerly incarcerated people and others involved ...
Jun 01, 2020 | By Detroit Free Press
Groups want Whitmer to end lifetime ban on food stamps for people with drug convictions
A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to end a longtime policy that permanently bans Michiganders from receiving food stamps if they have two or more felony drug convictions.Advocates argue the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy that disqualifies people from Supplemental ...
May 19, 2020
Michigan Must End Lifetime Ban on Food Assistance to Formerly Incarcerated Residents
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Dec 20, 2019 | By The Returning Citizen
[PODCAST] Center for Employment Opportunities: Providing jobs as a launchpad
The Returning Citizens interviews CEO Detroit. Finding a job can be a daunting task for returning citizens for all types of reasons-- gaps in work experience, lack of resources, stigma, and so much more. In this episode, we sit down with a team that’s in the trenches every day, hitting ...