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Assisting individuals with limited opportunities to self-sufficiency through employment.

Bill B. Dorothy
Bill Dorothy Board President Brenda Mahr CEO

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 Employment Connection. Every day we see the effects of the economic downturn on those who can ill afford an extra burden: 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 on their journey to become self-sufficient. Employment Connection is here to break down those walls, one at a time, 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 the current economic challenges, our agency continues to assist people into jobs. With unemployment hovering at 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 Connection works to break the cycle of poverty and the revolving prison door for residents in the St. Louis Region. Nearly 90% of donated dollars go toward programs that directly assist our clients. We invite you to share our vision to empower, employ, and inspire St. Louis.

Table of Contents
Mission and Vision Program Outcomes Treecia Bryant Story Staging Old Masters Other Programs 2nd Chance Art Studio Board of Directors Finances Donors Advisory Council Volunteers Staff Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 11 12

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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 Louis determined that employed ex-offenders were 66% less likely to return to incarceration, Employment Connection began to work on lessening recidivism through employment of those leaving prison. In 1980, Employment Connection became a full United Way member agency and expanded its service beyond ex-offenders, assisting recovering substance abusers, the homeless, high school dropouts, and non-custodial fathers. In 2009, Employment Connection assisted more 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)

Vision
To be the premier placement, retention, career development and advancement program 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.

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Competitive Employment Program
The Competitive Employment Program is Employment Connection’s oldest program and has been a community asset to those individuals with barriers seeking employment from ex-offenders to the homeless. The program focuses on intense case management to ensure clients have all the tools, preparations, and education necessary to obtain and maintain employment. The following numbers demonstrate the demand for services by the community.

989 Job Placements
2008-2009

Average wage: $9.00/hour

Cycle of SelfSufficiency Earnings: $8,544,960

Work for 6 months

2009 Program Goals and Outcomes Outcome Orientations Admissions to Work Readiness Training Complete Work Readiness Training Secure Employment Achieved 1619 976 Goal 1191 810 Percent of Goal 136% 120%

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Average Wage: $9.00 an hour 65 % of all persons served by Employment Connection's Competitive Employment Program were ex-offenders and/or recovering substance abusers 45 % of all persons (non-CAP) completing work readiness training secured employment! Nationally, less than 30% of parolees become employed.

Return on Investment
$16,500 to incarcerate one individual for one year 90% of all who complete Work Readiness Training do not return to prison { 810 clients X $16,500 = $13,365,000 } Every $1 invested in Employment Connection programs yields $8 in contributable earnings and community savings

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Where

now are they

the Treecia Bryant story
Almost everyone who comes to Employment Connection has a unique story and life circumstance. In 2007, Treecia Bryant decided to move back to St. Louis to be closer to her family. She had worked hard to obtain her Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati and had been working in Las Vegas for the State of Nevada and the Economic Opportunity Board for about three or four years. She had career success in Nevada, but the draw of her daughter and the advantages of St. Louis living brought her back to Missouri. Treecia arrived on the cusp of the economic recession and, like many, became caught in a barren job market that was very difficult to traverse alone, especially having been gone for several years. It was, as she says, “kind of a dark period in my life.” After several months, Treecia had no choice but to apply for public assistance through the State of Missouri. It’s not a decision she came to lightly, but one that was necessary to continue to at least provide basic needs for herself and her family. As part of her responsibility for receiving TANF benefits, Treecia was told that she must continue to job search and was referred to Employment Connection. Treecia was not a typical candidate for job assistance. After all, she had two higher education degrees and a good work ethic. Why couldn’t she find work? Not knowing what to expect, Treecia attended Employment Connection’s certified work readiness training and WOW (World of Work) job skills course. She was blown away by the little things she had been missing. Tips on resume writing, how you look in a recorded interview, what and what not to say, carrying a professional demeanor and other applications which helped her build a more marketable persona. “I still have my Employment Connection workbook to this day and I use it all the time,” she says. Soon Treecia secured a position with the Children’s Division for the State and not long after became a full-time Probation and Parole Officer. Now Treecia handles the referrals. She sees clients every day that need help getting into a job so that they can stay off the streets and out of prison. She says she often references the information she learned at Employment Connection and will never forget the people there who helped her. According to Treecia, helping the most difficult populations – the homeless, ex-offenders, high school dropouts, - can be “relentlessly challenging, but extremely rewarding.”

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"Staging Old Masters: Former Prisoners Perform at the Pulitzer" was an innovative program intended to help released prisoners and former homeless veterans develop skills for their future lives through art exploration. The actors performed short theatrical pieces in the gallery space of The Pulitzer in front of the exhibited works of renowned artists from the 14th to the 18th centuries. Scripts for the hour-long performances were based on the observations and reactions of the actors to the art, the result of a six-week training and education program led by Agnes Wilcox, founder and artistic director of Prison Performing Arts. The program featured a collaboration of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Washington University, and Employment Connection.

Staging Old Masters Actors
Michael Alexander Robert Cruz Travis Dean Gregory Golliday Ronald Gore Don Hake Naheem Houston Lamonte Johnson Daryl Kimbrough Karen Sammons Dawn Shaw Reuben Stewart Samantha Thomas Raheem Thorpe Steven Tyler Scott McBride Calvin Robinson

“I can't remember anything else like this in my life, and I really believe I will never be the same." - Don Hake

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Other Employment Connection Programs
Transitional reintegration program to help homeless U.S. Veterans get off the streets and into vocational training that will lead to employment and selfsufficiency A life skills, training, and job placement program for youth ages 15-17 who are under the supervision of Juvenile Justice Courts

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

Serving families on public assistance with help getting benefits and job placement services.

Building Blocks

Cognitive behavioral therapy program that addresses depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders to help clients be able to retain their jobs.

East St. Louis TANF and SNAP Program
Mentoring and cultural adjustment for legal immigrants who need help with barriers they face in their new country: includes life and job skills training

Back to Health, Back to Work

New Americans
Social entrepreneurship that provides oversight to job candidates for 90 days during which employers can assess aptitude and make an informed hiring decision

Providing permanent supportive housing, case management, and job training for Disabled Heads of Household in the County and U.S. Veterans in St. Louis City.

Managed Work Services Supportive Housing Programs
Reengaging welfare recipients who have been “sanctioned” due to lack of active job search and other requirements to keep their full benefits; job training and placement provided to help clients transition off welfare

Career Assistance Program

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2nd Chance Art Studio
1,800 square feet of unique craftsmanship by unlikely artists
In conjunction with Robert Powell’s Portfolio Gallery, the second floor of Employment Connection is now a converted art studio where clients gain craftsmanship skills in painting, sculpting, pottery, woodworking, sketching, and other techniques. Periodic “exhibits” showcase the work of these unique artists who all have a special vision for the work they do. A tour of the space can be arranged by calling 314-333-5645.

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Employment Connection Board of Directors
PRESIDENT Bill B. Dorothy II, Esq. Professor of Practice Washington University School of Law VICE PRESIDENT J.D. Luhning, Esq. Attorney-at-Law Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass TREASURER Arthur E. Weiss Financial Advisor Lisart LLC SECRETARY Roy Anderson, Jr. Local Sales Manager Clear Channel Communications Karen A. Davis Senior Vice President Midwest Community Affairs Manager Regions Financial Corporation Vanessa Howard Ellis, Esq. Assistant Attorney General Old Post Office Marti Bloodsaw-Foggie HR Consultant Prevost V. Foushee Retired, Anheuser-Busch Inc. Rodney Gee Principal, Human Resources Edward Jones Steven D. Graham, Esq. Attorney-at-Law Thompson Coburn LLP Sandra Sneed Crew Manager McDonalds Restaurants Leo Ming, Jr. Retired, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission Michael Novack Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Kiosite H. Dwayne Richardson Certified Public Accountant Walter Robinson Human Resource Manager President Casino Kay Tomlinson, Ph.D. Community Volunteer William Watkins President Watkins Building Group LLC

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Employment Connection is attentive to the needs of the community and works hard to assure that charitable dollars are utilized with maximum efficiency. We continue to meet the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standard of Charitable Accountability*. You can be assured that every dollar donated goes to those who need it most. Below is the summary of our financial year ending 2009 as audited by Randle and Associates, LLC. The agency remains in solid financial position by diligently appropriating its fiduciary responsibility. Please feel free to contact Employment Connection directly if you would like a complete copy of our financial statements.

Arthur E. Weiss
Arthur Weiss Board Treasurer Certified Public Accountant

2009 Operating Revenues
Rounded 00 Building Rental Income Contributions Grants and Contracts United Way of Greater St. Louis Interest and Unrealized Loss on Investments 2009 Total Revenue $8,500 $224,100 $1,799,700 $436,900 $131,900 1.00% 8.00% 69.00% 17.00% 5.00%

2009 Operating Expenses
Rounded 00 Competitive Employment Program Managed Work Services Building Rental Expenses Management and General Fundraising 2009 Total Expenses $2,067,100 $270,700 $8,400 $116,000 $69,500 $2,531,700 81.00% 11.00% 1.00% 4.00% 3.00% 100.00%

$2,601,100

100.00%

2009 Unrestricted Net Assets

$3,251,400

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DONORS
Employment Connection Club Wiley Smith Club <$100 $100+
Albert Lee Brian and Mignonne Ashworth Dan Okall Doris Cooper Eugene Fowler Fred Evans Halbert & Jean Sullivan Harry Little James O Horn James Rittenbaum Jesse Lane Johathan Walz Judith Hogan Justyna Bates Kay Tomlinson Larry and Debbie Brown Larry and Janice Richardson Laura Dyer Mel Ballenger Minnie McRoberts Nora Davis Patricia Brown Peggy McKinney Reba E. Gales Refija Habibovic Ronald & Dollaree Glasper Rose Tripp Sarah Robinson Scott Utry Stephen and Sandra Colbert Stephen Zegel Steven Hoven Suzanne Poggio Tamara Williams Thomas and Suzanne Rhodenbaugh Watkins Building Group Bill Dorothy Carl Lyss Bradley Scott Carol Burkholder David and Sarah Anderson Jay and Maria Shields Jeffery Randle Jessie & Joseph Day Lawrence Thomas Leo Ming Levell Littleton Martha Bloodsaw Foggie Michael Karasick Mulligan Graphics Nathaniel Dempsey Preston and Brenda Vanderford Rodney and Karen Gee Sal Martinez Sandral Daniell Three J Realty LLC Veronica Travis Vincent Schoemehl, Jr.

Opportunity Fund $1,000+
Arthur and Lisa Weiss Boeing Employee's Comm. Fund David Lander John O. Shields William and Sandy Herrmann

Visionaries Club $5,000+
Edward Jones Emerson Charitable Trust Fox Family Foundation Jordan Charitable Foundation Pott Foundation Royal Vagabonds Foundation Simon Foundation William A. Kerr Foundation

Community Builders $25,000+
Lutheran Foundation Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Directors Club $250+
Brenda Mahr David Kessel Frank A. Simmons Jerod D. Luhning Leo Ming Prevost Foushee Steven and Ann Graham

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

WISE GIVING SEAL
Is awarded to

EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION
The BBB Charity Information Service evaluates more than 600 regional charities for compliance with its 20 standards for accountability. These standards include financial accountability, governance and oversight, effectiveness measures and fund raising and informational materials.

Founders Club $500+
Charles and Betsy Newman Joseph M. Arndt Jr. John Niemann Michael Novack

“Empower, Employ, Inspire!”

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Advisory Board
AARP Lisa Bishop ARCHS JINNA’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH Gail Dickson BASIC Oval Miller BEYOND HOUSING Sabrina Baldwin Roxanne Tyler CENTER FOR LIFE SOLUTIONS, INC. Cheryl Gardine CENTER FOR WOMEN IN TRANSITION Sandy Sperino CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER Toni Muhammad FATHERS SUPPORT CENTER Chester Deanes GATEWAY FREE & CLEAN Shelly Wims/Karl Pickens HUMANITRI Edwin Muhammad HOPE HOUSE Vanessa McLaughlin HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Stanley Miller LINKS TO LIFE Wanda Stroter LUTHERAN CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES Rev. Phoenix Barnes, Jr. MISSOURI BOARD OF PROBATION & PAROLE Chris Heisel NEW BEGINNINGS Carrie Williams OPERATION EXCEL: YOUTHBUILD Lee Brotheron OUR LADY’S INN Jennifer Reinbold PREFERRED FAMILY HEALTHCARE Kim Feaman PROJECT COPE Adrienne Denson QUEEN OF PEACE Margo Adams REGIONAL RESPONSE COALITION Ahmav Mahdi REACH ST. LOUIS Sandi Colquitt PROVIDENCE INN Angela Hamilton ST. CLAIR COUNTY PROBATION AND PAROLE Oscar C. Hughes ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY RELEASE CENTER John Young SAINT VINCENT DEPAUL CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINISTRY Sis. Carleen Reck SALVATION ARMY REHABILITATION CENTER Alan James TRANSFIGURATION LUTHERAN CHURCH Donnell Jackson SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL Anita Cohn UNITED STATES PROBATION & PAROLE Quincy Fountain/Jo Cooper URBAN LEAGUE James Smith WELLSTON COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGENCY Pearl Hughes WOMEN’S SAFE HOUSE Melinda Mimes WESLEY HOUSE Linda Jackson YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SERVICES (YES) Joseph Prophet YWCA Crystal Small

Volunteers
Alicia Crittenden Andre Taylor Bernard Johnson Breanna Eshghi Brittany Davis Byron Davis Cassandra Silas Cedric Winthrope Chris McKinney Christi Griffin Darrell Sutton David Distelrath Dawn Fleming Deandre Tyson Derrick Sykes Dustin Day Fredica Leonard Helen Davis Ikeshia Ware Jamar Robinson James Davis James Elgin Jennifer Parker Joshua Scott Katherine Ambrose Kiesha Lockett Kristin Schell La Vell Clay Laranis Searrools Libby Toenjes Marcell Phiffer Marquis Huntley Marsha Thompson Marsha Thompson Nichall Barton Sara Fallwit Sarah Placzek Sean Hogan Sean Jackson Sondra Brooks Stephanie Radcliff Tincy Maroor Yulanda Brazelton

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These volunteers logged more than 2,200 hours of service to Employment Connection. Thank you so much!

Administration Brenda Mahr Chief Executive Officer 32 years David Kessel Chief Operating Officer 14 years Dave Dietrich Director of Development 1st year Nathaniel Dempsey Executive Assistant 5 years Accounting Services Sarah Robinson Sr. Manager, Accounting Services 7 years Nora Davis Accountant 8 years Managed Work Services Jesse Lane Site Supervisor 7 years Client & Training Services Scott Utry Senior Manager, Client Services 20 years Peggy McKinney Manager, Client Services 8 years Dollaree Glasper Client Services Specialist 6 years

Housing Services Harry Little Supportive Housing 7 years Paula Carey Supportive Housing 2 years Yusef Scoggin Supportive Housing 1st year Terrance Holmes Supportive Housing 3 years Oscar Selfe Custodian 3 years Career Assistance Program Michael McCoy Senior Career Specialist 3 years Patricia Woods Career Specialist 7 years Veronica Rhodes Career Specialist 3 years Jonathan Walz Career Specialist 1st year Refija Habibovic Career Specialist 5 years Manager Manager Manager Manager

Competitive Employment Program Eugene Fowler Senior Manager, Career Services 6 years Steve Hoven Manager, Career Services 6 years Ex-Offenders, Veterans, Youth, and Adults: Minnie McRoberts Career Specialist 33 years Tamara Williams Career Specialist 11 years Veronica Travis Career Specialist 3 years Preston Vanderford Career Specialist 3 years Fred Evans Career Specialist 1st year New Americans: Pat Brown Career Specialist 26 years Back to Health/Back to Work: Steve Zegel Licensed Clinical Social Worker 3 years Illinois TANF & SNAP: Brian Crues Career Specialist 6 years Brandi Searcy Career Specialist 1st year

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Main Service Location

Missouri
2838 Market Street Saint Louis, Missouri 63103 Hours of Service Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm Telephone 314.333.JOBS (5627) Satellite Office

BACK COVER

Employment Connection is a community asset that assists individuals by preparing them to meet and exceed employer expectations. Free services are available to employers and job seekers by calling or visiting our service locations.

Illinois
Department of Human Services 225 N. 9th Street East Saint Louis Il, 62201 Hours of Service Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm Telephone 618.875.8665

EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION 2838 Market Street Saint Louis, Missouri 63103 314.333.JOBS (5627) www.employmentstl.org