Oklahoma

Dec 26, 2023

'You Can Succeed': Tulsa Woman Who Spent Years in Prison Wants to Inspire Others with Her Comeback Story

She says she's living proof people can succeed after being incarcerated.

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Nov 03, 2023   |  By NPR Tulsa

Employment services for formerly incarcerated expand in Tulsa

A nonprofit dedicated to helping people released from prison is expanding in Tulsa. The Center for Employment Opportunities opened a new location on Denver Avenue and held an open house Thursday evening. CEO says they’ve helped thousands of former prisoners gain employment.

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Nov 03, 2023   |  By KTUL

Center for Employment Opportunities expands reentry services to formerly incarcerated

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — The Center for Employment Opportunities in Tulsa expanded its reentry services to formerly incarcerated people with a new location.

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Nov 03, 2023   |  By News on 6

Tulsa Nonprofit Helps Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Job Search Training

Since Center for Employment Opportunities has been in Tulsa, it has helped over 2,000 people find jobs after incarceration. It's now moved into a new facility downtown, allowing it to help more people than before.

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Aug 11, 2023   |  By Emily Montgomery

With new position, Mattie leads in helping others succeed

Mattie L. is a program delivery associate at CEO Oklahoma City who helps people in the same situation she was in just a year ago. After being incarcerated, Mattie was most worried about having a career again where she could help people. She previously worked as a nurse and home ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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