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2009 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report

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Assisting individuals with limited opportunitiesto self-sufficiency through employment.
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A message from Bill and Brenda:It has been a year full of challenges for staff, supporters, and above all for those we serve at EmploymentConnection. Every day we see the effects of the economic downturn on those who can ill afford an extraburden: the father returning home from prison, the veteran sleeping on the street, the mother on welfare.The job search can be daunting for these individuals and they often run into one wall after another ontheir journey to become self-sufficient. Employment Connection is here to break down those walls, one at atime, and to connect people to the training, resources, and opportunities they need to succeed.For 32 years, people with barriers to self-sufficiency have turned to Employment Connection. Despite thecurrent economic challenges, our agency continues to assist people into jobs. With unemployment hoveringat 11%, many of the most underserved populations are forgotten. The talented and dedicated staff,volunteers, and donors give hope to those with limited opportunities in an uncertain time.Much of the revitalization of St. Louis is centered on safe and productive communities. Employment Con-nection works to break the cycle of poverty and the revolving prison door for residents in the St. LouisRegion. Nearly 90% of donated dollars go toward programs that directly assist our clients. We invite youto share our vision to empower, employ, and inspire St. Louis.
Bill B. Dorothy 
Bill DorothyBoard PresidentBrenda MahrCEO
Table of Contents
Mission and Vision Page 2Program Outcomes Page 3Treecia Bryant Story Page 4Staging Old Masters Page 5Other Programs Page 62nd Chance Art Studio Page Board of Directors Page 8Finances Page 9Donors Page 10Advisory Council Page 11Volunteers Page 11Staff Page 12
 
 
Vision
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
Case management
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
Project Re-Connect
St. Louis County Offender Housing
Building Blocks
Youth Development Services
Career Assistance Program (TANF) (SLATE)
Managed Work Services (Staffing Service)
Safer
Illinois Ex-offender Employment Services
Alton, IL Weed & Seed
IL (TANF) & Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
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