Employment Connection 2008 Annual Report To The Community

Assisting individuals with limited opportunities to self-sufficiency through employment

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Mission and Vision

Mission Statement
To assist persons with limited opportunities to selfsufficiency through employment.

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.

Employment Connection is pleased to be fulfilling its mission in its central facilities on 2838 Market Street. Offering GED classes, job readiness and development training, entrepreneurial training, behavioral health counseling, financial literacy, computer training, high-growth job development, a Employment Connection has over thirty years of experience of fulfilling its mission of to be a vital clothing bank, and the encouragement of our staff, Employment Connection continues“assisting agency in the Saint Louis Area. persons 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 “I am happy to Congratulate Employment Connection on less likely outstanding incarceration, determined that employed ex-offenders were 66% 30 years of to return to service to the community. It is important to provide resources to those we often forget; those who made a mistake, those who want a second Employment Connection began to work on lessening recidivism through employment of those chance but do not know how to achieve their goals. It is an honor to congratulate Employment Connection for a leavingdone, and a1980 Employment Connection became a full United Way member agency job well prison. In future filled with success.” and expanded its service beyondKinder -Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, Peter ex-offenders, assisting recovering substance abusers, the homeless, high school dropouts and non-custodial fathers. In 2008, Employment Connection “When I nearly 1,500 individuals to employment, adding up to over million dollars in wages. assistedthink of Employment Connection, I think of all the important work that7Employment Connection does in

WHO ARE WE?

*Employment readiness training *Case management *Individual job placement *Job retention and career advancement services *Financial literacy forward “It has been an honor to work with a group that is both effective and compassionate. I look coursesto working *On-site adult basic education orcontinue reaching out to those Health Screening/Counseling with Employment Connection as we both GED services *Behavioral who need help.” *Small Business Loans/Counseling *Project Re-Connect – St. Louis City - Comptroller City of Saint Louis, Darlene Green *Building Blocks – youth Development Services *Career Assistance Program (TANF) (SLATE) “Employment Connection is one(Staffing Service) *Saferpartners in our efforts to Employment Services *Managed Work Services of the City’s very important – Illinois Ex-offender employ citizens who are burdened by barriers to self-sufficiency. The services offered by the organization are specifically designed to meet *Alton, IL Weed & Seed *IL (TANF) & Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) the needs of individuals who are often most difficult to serve. By decreasing each participant’s dependence on *St. Louis County Housing for Ex-Offenders government and charitable funding, Employment Connection moves individuals from dependence to productive
citizenship.” -Mayor of the City of St. Louis, Francis G. Slay

keeping people off the street, out of prison, and contributing to their communities and families. This is all possible because of the wide range of services offered to nationally recognized services include: Employment Connection’s the community. I am happy to have Employment Connection working with me to lift up the City of Saint Louis.” -President of the Board of Alderman of the City of Saint Louis, Lewis Reed

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Message from Bill and Brenda
2838 Market Street Saint Louis, MO 63108 314-333-JOBS (5627)

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Message from the Executive Director
Brenda Mahr Chief Executive Officer

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 refugee seeking a better life in America. They have focused worries on one vital thing, employment. Will I find a job? Will I keep my job? What happens to my family if I lose my job? Where do I turn for help? For over thirty years people with barriers to self-sufficiency have turned to Employment Connection. Despite the current economic challenges, Employment Connection is finding and assisting people into jobs. Our agency’s talented and dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors give hope to those with limited opportunities in an uncertain time.

Bill Dorothy President of the Board

Message from the Board President
Contents Sabrina Wells 30th Anniversary Sheamese Like Programs Programs (cont.) EC Staff Board and Volunteers Finances Contributors Advisory Board 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Employment Connection continues its success due to the dedication of the staff and funders who understand investing in persons who are working for a second chance. More and more Americans are falling under correctional supervision. In Missouri 1 in 36 persons are under some form of correctional supervision. And for some populations the numbers are even more staggering: 1 in 11 black males are either in prison, or, on probation/parole. Employment Connection works to break the revolving door of prison and the street. We invite you to join us in helping parents remain home to support their children, in helping a young person build a future, not on the streets, but in a career. Please read some of the success stories on the following pages and learn more about how Employment Connection is helping the Saint Louis Region.

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Sabrina Wells
My name is Sabrina Wells, I had been struggling for several years trying to find employment. I came to Employment Connections as a 34 year old ex-offender, with no high school education, no income, and no place to live. I was going through problems mentally and physically. At Employment Connection I realized that I wasn’t alone. Here, I met people that were in the same boat as I was. Together we learned how to fill out applications and we learned how to dress, speak, and smile professionally. However, the greatest skill I obtained here was learning how to walk into an interview with confidence.

“I was going through problems mentally and physically.”
I met a career specialist named Mrs. Minnie McRoberts. In the process of working with Minnie, I started taking G.E.D classes and started working for a temp agency. However, working for the temp agency was difficult. I never knew when they would call me into work. There were many days when I had to take my work uniform to my G.E.D classes in case I got a call from the temp agency. Working for the temp service required me to travel to places that weren’t close to home either. However, no matter how far I had to travel or how long I was there, I never complained. My job and my G.E.D classes gave me a feeling of accomplishment and I was feeling better about myself each and every day. Finally, struggling to survive with little income, child support, and applying myself to whatever it took to move forward, I got hired at a permanent job through the temp service. I was able to pay off my child support and I now have a place to call “home sweet home”. I would like to thank everybody that helped me make my life a success. I would not have succeeded without the team I worked with at Employment Connection.

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30th Anniversary
30 years of service
1 in 36 adults are either in prison or on
Probation or Parole
On June 27th at Windows off Washington nearly three hundred supporters, former clients, and community partners of Employment Connection came to celebrate the agency’s 30 years of service. The night featured proclamations from the Mayor of the City of St. Louis, and the County Executive of St. Louis County. The Board of Alderman of the City of St. Louis proclaimed June 27th as Employment Connection Day.

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Mike Jones, Brenda Mahr, and Bill Dorothy

The Cost of Incarceration
Cost of Corrections in Missouri
$575 million total spent on corrections • Share of general fund: 6.8 percent in fiscal year 2008 • Ratio of spending: For every dollar Missouri spent on prisons in 2008, it spent 20 cents on probation and parole • Ratio of costs: 1 day of prison ($45.02) = 18 days of probation and parole

*From Pew Center on the States, One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections.www.pewcenteronthestate.org

Employment Connection directly addresses the growing trend of rising incarceration in Missouri. Recent studies have shown that more and more Americans are increasingly under some form of correctional control: approximately 1 in 36 adults. For some populations the numbers are even more alarming. For instance, 1 in 11 black males are either in jail or on probation/parole. Indeed in Missouri alone, individuals under correctional control cost taxpayers $575 million dollars. Without assistance many will never leave that control for a path to self-sufficiency.

We can pay $16,000 to incarcerate … or $3,200 to employ.
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Sheamese Like
Sheamese Like grew up in a family of eight, graduated as an athlete running track in high school, and went on to serve as a soldier in the U.S. army. When she was relieved of her duties in the army, due to a knee injury, she found herself homeless, unemployed, and worried about the direction her life was taking. After arriving at Employment Connection, she was able to find a job at Busch Stadium as a Day Porter making popcorn. With a steady job in place, we got a chance to see a worry-free Sheamese in action dancing and singing to music with her co-workers. Her employer says that Sheamese is a dependable and extremely likable individual, but moreover she is very hard working. She makes about 2,500 boxes of popcorn each day. Sheamese feels extremely blessed from all the help she has received from the people around her. She was recently awarded a ’98 Cavalier from Cars for Christmas. She says that Employment Connection gave her the essentials she needed in order to get back into the workforce and Employment Connection “got her all the hook-ups.”
“The things that motivated me the most were my determination to succeed and all the pressure from Mrs. Tamara (Career Specialist at E.C.) and her desire to see me successfully get through my tough times. My goals for the future are to get back into the military, get a really good career, and progress in my l ife.”

“My goals for the future future are to get back into the military, get a really good career, and

progress in life.”

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Programs
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 exoffenders 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.

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Outcome
Orientations Admissions to Work Readiness Training Complete Work Readiness Training Secure Employment

Achieved
2032 1193

Goal
1879 1179

Percent of Goal
108% 101%

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664

87%

Average Wage: $9.07 an hour 65 % of all persons served by Employment Connection's Competitive Employment Program were ex-offenders and/or recovering substance abusers 46 % of all persons (non-CAP) completing work readiness training secured employment! Nationally, less than 30% of parolees become employed.

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Programs (cont.)
Behavior Health Counseling
This Saint Louis Mental Health Board funded program assists individuals with behavioral health barriers to sustained employment. Individuals seeking workforce training services at Employment Connection are screened for behavioral health disorders that affect their ability to maintain employment. Many of the clients seeking our services - such as the homeless, ex-offenders, and mothers on welfare - suffer from behavioral health symptoms like depression and stress that act as barriers to finding employment. The “Back to Health, Back to Work” program, in partnership with St. Louis University School of Psychology, assists individuals in overcoming these potential behavioral health barriers for maintaining employment and living a more happy life.

Entrepreneurial Education In partnership with Justine Petersen Housing Inc., and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, “Job Opportunities for LowIncome Individuals Program,” Employment Connection offers entrepreneurial counseling, case management, and individual development accounts to individuals seeking services to start up small businesses.

Homeless Veteran Services Employment Connection manages two permanent supportive housing programs in the Saint Louis Region: Project Homecoming in Saint Louis County serving 20 disabled head of households and Project Homecoming-Veterans in St. Louis City serving15 homeless veterans. In addition, Employment Connection, in partnership with the Department of Labor, manages the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program. This program works to place veterans in employment and housing. Like those leaving prison, the homeless veterans that come to the agency are working to begin a new life full of hope and promise.

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Employment Connection Staff
Administration
Brenda Mahr Chief Executive Officer David Kessel Chief Operating Officer Aaron Margolis Chief Development Officer Nathaniel Dempsey Executive Assistant 31 years 13 years 2 years 4 years

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Competitive Employment Program
Eugene Fowler Senior Manager, Career Services Steve Hoven Manager, Career Services
Ex-Offenders, Veterans, Youth, and Adults:

5 years 5 years

Accounting Services
Sarah Robinson Sr. Manager, Accounting Services Nora Davis Accountant 6 years 7 years

Minnie McRoberts Career Specialist Tamara Williams Career Specialist Veronica Travis Career Specialist Preston Vanderford Career Specialist
New Americans:

32 years 10 years 2 years 2 years

Managed Work Services
Jesse Lane Site Supervisor 6 years

Pat Brown Career Specialist
Back to Health/Back to Work:

25 years

Steve Zegel Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Illinois TANF & Food Stamps:

2 years

Client & Training Services
Scott Utry Senior Manager, Client Services Peggy McKinney Manager, Client Services Dollaree Glasper Client Services Specialist 19 years 7 years 5 years Brian Crues Career Specialist Robert Smith Career Specialist Charity Caldwell Career Specialist 5 years 3 years 2 years

Housing Services
Harry Little Supportive Housing Manager Paula Carey Supportive Housing Manager Michael McCoy Supportive Housing Manager 6 years 1st year 2 years

Maintenance Services
Oscar Selfe Custodian 2 years

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2008 Volunteers

Board of Employment Connection
PRESIDENT Bill B. Dorothy II Senior Lecturer in Law Washington University School of Law VICE PRESIDENT Sal Martinez Executive Director Community Renewal and Development Inc TREASURER Arthur E. Weiss Financial Advisor Lisart LLC SECRETARY Roy Anderson, Jr. Local Sales Manager Clear Channel Communications Directors
Marti Bloodsaw Human Resources Director Panera Bread Karen A. Davis Senior Vice President Midwest Community Affairs Manager Regions Bank Prevost V. Foushee Senior Sales Director Anheuser-Busch (retired) Steven D. Graham Attorney-at-Law Thompson Coburn LLP J.D. Luhning Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass Leo Ming, Jr. Vice President Human Resources St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission Michael Novack Chief Executive Officer Kiosite Jacquelynn Orr Medical Educational Program Analyst Saint Louis University Hospital H. Dwayne Richardson Principal Brown Smith Wallace Vincent Schoemehl, Jr. President & CEO Grand Center, Inc. Sandra Sneed Crew Manager McDonalds Restaurants Kay Tomlinson Community Volunteer William Watkins President Watkins Building Group LLC

Aida Hasic Amanda Fletcher Andrew Braun Andrew Braun Annie Crenshaw Annie Schatz Anthony Pack Atif S. Mahr, Sr. Atif S. Mahr, Jr. Blake Dunion Bryan Clark Carlos William Casandra Lewis Casey Williams Chirs Massey Chris Massey Christi Griffin Danielle Jones Darryl Young Deborah Armstead Emily Galbraith Gabriel Arnson Gary Fulton Jane Davis Jarrin Brown Jeona Morney Joshua Scott Kaitlin O'Brien Karen Keil Klake Daren Kyla Lee La Nell Clay Jr. Lateka McHenry Libby Toenjes Lucy Barner Mario McCoy Mark Doronio Marsha Thompson Mary Meyer Micah Thompson Nate Shelton Nikita Tucker Paula Williams Precious Miller Ranisha Shelton Sara Talbert Sean Hogan Sean Hogan Sharon Irons Sheronda Crowder Shevonda Clark Stephen Bartolon Tequilla Quarrells Terrence Clark Terrene Clark Tieona Mooney Todd Speer Vidal Porter Yolanda Brazelton Yolanda Sheef Yolanda Weekly Yulanda Brazelton

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Financial Information
Message from the Treasurer

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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 2008 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
Rental Income Donors

2008 Operating Revenue
Building Rental Income Contributions Grants and Contracts* United Way of Greater St. Louis 2008 Total Revenue

Rounded 00 2008

Rounded %

United Way

$4,000 $197,600 $2,821,500 $428,400 $3,451,500

1.00% 5.00% 82.00% 12.00% 100.00%

2008 Operating Expenses
Competitive Employment Program Managed Work Services Building Rental Expenses Management and General Fundraising Net Unrealized Loss On Investments 2008 Total Expenses 2008 Unrestricted Net Assets $2,794,800 $330,900 $18,100 $175,500 $124,500 $236,100 $3,679,900 $3,410,539 76.00% 9.00% 1.00% 5.00% 3.00% 6.00% 100.00%
Grants and Contracts

Investment Loss Fundraising Management Rent

MWS

* Affordable Housing Commission, City of St. Louis; ARCHS; Illinois Department of Human Services; Justine Peterson, Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI); Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis; Missouri Department of Corrections; Missouri Foundation for Health; SLATE Work Connections; St. Louis Mental Health Board of Trustees; St. Louis Public Schools; St. Louis City Department of Human Services Homeless Services Division and Office of Veteran's Affairs through the Department of Labor; and St. Louis County Department of Human Services, Division of Homeless Services and Department of Planning, Office of Community Development

CEP

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List of Contributors
Wiley Smith Club $100 + Algin Robinson ARCHS/CARES Brandi Searcy Brenda Battle Burnell & Karen Simmons Chrissie Barfield Claude & Harriet Gulliford David Koehr Dwayne Richardson Elizabeth & Welton Clemons Eric Shuang Fuse, Inc Gateway Tire Griesedieck Vending H. Dwayne Richardson James Horn Photograpy James West Larry & Janice Richardson Lawanda Gibson Leo H. Ming Martin Brading MMMM Nathaniel Dempsey Nina Harris Northside Community Center Paula Dunlap-Hughes Peter Birkes President of the Board of Alderman, Lewis Reed Project COPE Richard F. Buckley Robert Peters Roper’s Ribs Saint Louis Community Credit Union David Henley Saint Louis Gaust Haus Slaughter’s Cleaners South Side Outlet Square One Brewery St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association Stephen Zegel Suzanne & Frank Poggio Terrance Holmes Thomas & Sondra Brooks Urban Investigation Inc. Veteran Advocacy Foundation Directors Club-$250 + Allied Barton Security Services Birdet Price Co. LLC Brenda Mahr Community Renewal and Development, Sal Martinez Commworld of Saint Louis Daruby Enterprises, LLC David Kessel First Bank Frank Simmons J.D. Luhning & Aisling Murphy J.W.Terrill Joseph Arndt John & Nancy Hillhouse Kacie Starr Triplett Mulligans Graphics Paul & Denise Rexroat Randle & Associates Rich’s Automotive SLATE/Missouri Career Center Steven D. Graham William G & Carey D. Keller Founders Club-$500 + Bill Dorothy Buford, Dickson, Harper & Sparron Joesph Arndt Foundation John Niemann John Shields M.R. Beal & Company Michael Novack Roy Anderson, Jr. Vashon/Jeff Vander Lou Initiative Vincent Schoemehl, Jr. Opportunity Fund-$1,000 + Benjamin Newman Lisart Captial, Arthur E. Weiss Prevost V. Foushee Regions Bank Saint Louis Philanthropic Foundation Tenet Healthcare, Jacquelyn Orr Uma Murugan US Bank Visionaries Clubs-$5,000 + BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

Employment Connection Club < $100 Aaron Margolis Amir Green Anonymous Bill Watkins Building Group Cerebia Epps David Lee Deborah Kama Dolly Glasper Dominic Garland Doris Cooper Dr. Everard Rutledge Elizabeth Trent Eric Greitens Francis Mana Howlette & Monica Huddleston J. Chapman James McGivney Jerome & Lawanda Bowden Jesse Lane Julia Ruvelson Julie Schroeder Kay Tomlinson Kelli Williams Lisa Harper-Chang Loretta Mathis Marilyn Robinson Martha Duchild Millicent Williams Minnie McRoberts Mondonna Ghasedi Nora Davis Phyllis Friedman Raymond Irby Ron Margolis Sally Quattlebaum Sandra Sneed Sarah Robinson Schnucks Scott Shelton Scott Utry Shara Bradley Sheri Robins Thomas and Suzanne Rhodenbaugh Tracy Fortenberry Trudy Reason Vantage Credit Union Veronica Travis Willis E.Young

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.

Anheuser-Busch Edwards Jones Charitable Trust Emerson Charitable Trust Employees Community Fund of Boeing Saint Louis Fox Family Foundation Jordan Charitable Foundation Pettus Foundation Pott Foundation Thompson Coburn William A. Kerr Foundation Community Builders-$25,000 + Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis Missouri Foundation for Health

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Advisory Board

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AARP Lisa Bishop ARCHS JINNA’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH RELATIONSHIP PARTNERSHIP Hakim Aleem BASIC Oval Miller BEYOND HOUSING Sabrina Baldwin Roxanne Tyler CENTER FOR LIFE SOLUTIONS, INC. Cheryl Gardine CENTER FOR WOMEN IN TRANSITION Sr. Georgia Walker CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER Sharon Mackey CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINISTRY Nathaniel Johnson Sr. Carleen Reck METRO EAST LUTHERAN CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES Rev. Phoenix Barnes, Jr. FATHERS SUPPORT CENTER Chester Deanes GATEWAY FREE & CLEAN Sylvester Shaw HUMANITRI Edwin Muhammad

HOPE HOUSE Vanessa McLaughlin HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Delores Haynes LINKS TO LIFE Wanda Stroter MISSOURI BOARD OF PROBATION & PAROLE Chris Heisel NEW BEGINNINGS Stacey Kelley OPERATION EXCEL: YOUTHBUILD Lee Brotheron OUR LADY’S INN Jennifer Kriete PREFERRED FAMILY HEALTHCARE Kim Feaman PROJECT COPE Mary Ann McGivern QUEEN OF PEACE Margo Adams REGIONAL RESPONSE COALITION Ahmav Mahdi REACH ST. LOUIS Sandi Colquitt ROOM AT THE INN Angela Hamilton ST. CLAIR COUNTY DEPT. OF PROBATION AND PAROLE Oscar C. Hughes

ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY RELEASE CENTER Larry Bogan SALVATION ARMY REHABILITATION CENTER Rev.Clifton Cain SOCIETY OF ST. VINCET DE PAUL Anita Cohn TRANSFIGURATION LUTHERAN CHURCH Donnell Jackson UNITED STATES PROBATION & PAROLE Jo Cooper URBAN LEAGUE James Smith WELLSTON COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGENCY (WCSA) Pearl Hughes WOMEN’S SAFE HOUSE Melinda Mimes WESLEY HOUSE Crystal Cox YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SERVICES (YES) Joseph Prophet YWCA Crystal Small

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Employment Connection

Main Service Location 2838 Market Street Saint Louis, Missouri 63103 Hours of Service Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm Telephone 314.333.JOBS (5627) Illinois East Saint Louis Higher Education Campus Saint Louis, Missouri 601 James R. Thompson Blvd Building E East Saint Louis, Illinois 62201 Telephone 618-875-8801 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. Department of Human Services 225 N. 9th Street East Saint Louis Il, 62201 www.employmentstl.org

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 the following numbers or coming to our service locations.

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