To be the premier placement, retention, career development and advancement pro-gram for persons with barriers to employment, empowering them to take charge of their lives and fulfill the needs of the Saint Louis region business community.
WHO ARE WE?
Employment Connection has over thirty years of experience of fulfilling its mission of “
assisting individuals with limited opportunities to self-sufficiency through employment
.” Founded in 1977 after a
study by the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louisdetermined that employed ex-offenders were 66% less likely to return to incarceration,Employment Connection began to work on lessening recidivism through employment of thoseleaving prison. In 1980, Employment Connection became a full United Way member agency andexpanded its service beyond ex-offenders, assisting recovering substance abusers, the homeless,high school dropouts, and non-custodial fathers. In 2009, Employment Connection assistedmore than 1,600 individuals with training, supportive services, and job placement.
Employment Connection’s nationally recognized services include:
Employment readiness training
Individual job placement
Financial literacy courses
Job retention and career advancement services
On-site adult basic education or GED services
Behavioral Health Screening/Counseling
Small Business Loans/Counseling
St. Louis County Offender Housing
Youth Development Services
Career Assistance Program (TANF) (SLATE)
Managed Work Services (Staffing Service)
Illinois Ex-offender Employment Services
Alton, IL Weed & Seed
IL (TANF) & Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)