Nov 02, 2022 | By Emily Montgomery
Over-the-road and onto a new chapter, Rodney finds success in trucking
“We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there,” say the lyrics of “East Bound and Down,” one of the most popular trucking songs. Rodney, a new trucker, not only drives a long way in a short time for his routes but has come a ...
Aug 04, 2022 | By KTUL 8 ABC Tulsa News
Nonprofit helps former Green Country inmates become truckers
When Rodney Fisher was 22 years old, he was given a 52-year sentence for purse snatching. He was finally released in 2020 after maintaining his innocence for 34 years.
Jun 28, 2022 | By Emily Montgomery
Venitra finds both a career and self-confidence with reentry support
Venitra loves her job as a picker at a warehouse in Oklahoma City, OK. She gets excellent benefits and uses the forklift skills she trained for. However, there was a long period when she was fearful about finding a good position. She was incarcerated during the pandemic and was unsure ...
Jan 24, 2022 | By Eric Borsuk
SNAP Benefits offered me the security to focus on my future
“For individuals returning from incarceration,” Christopher says, “financial support is needed immediately. Without my SNAP benefits, I hate to imagine what life would have been like for me coming home. I never want to be in that position of desperation.” Because of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), rather than ...
Mar 10, 2020 | By Public Radio Tulsa 89.5
[PODCAST] Getting to Know Tulsa's Center for Employment Opportunities
On this edition of ST, we learn about Tulsa's Center for Employment Opportunities (or CEO). CEO is a nationwide nonprofit that helps people who've just come out of prison find jobs and/or acquire skills and training. The Tulsa CEO branch opened in 2011; our guest is Adrienne Yandell, who directs ...
Nov 15, 2019 | By News 9
Oklahoma's First Lady Welcomes Commuted Workers To Centennial House
It’s been 10 days since Oklahoma’s historic commutation. Nearly 500 inmates were released from the Oklahoma DOC.
With a record, many formerly incarcerated individuals knew it would be hard to find work. But some of those who found the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), landed in the governor’s backyard.
Sep 26, 2019 | By NON DOC
‘It’s hard coming out of the penitentiary’: CEO offers new opportunities
As a regular routine, Sky Easley gets up at 5:50 a.m., brushes his hair and teeth, eats a block of cheese for breakfast and hops on his bike for a 19-minute ride to a “work crew” meeting at Northwest 4th Street and North Walker Avenue. Easley, 23, and other individuals ...
Aug 07, 2019 | By Velocity OKC
CENTER FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES PLANS TO HELP MORE CLIENTS INSIDE ITS NEW, LARGER SPACE
With its larger space, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is planning to expand its reach to formerly incarcerated residents. Since June, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber member CEO has been operating out of its new space, 501 N. Walker Ave., Suite 160. The nonprofit organization used Chamber-member CBRE commercial real ...
Jan 22, 2019 | By Fox25 News
Oklahoma City: Finding career success after prison
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the United States, and leaving the system can be a vulnerable time for a person. The Center for Employment Opportunities says job training for people who were formerly incarcerated is a money saver for tax payers and ...