Employers have an ongoing struggle in hiring and keeping good employees. Meanwhile, 70 million Americans have a criminal record, with many struggling to find employment because of it. Those with felony records struggle the most, and are 3 to 5 times more likely to be unemployed.
Opportunity Oregon brings together these two groups in need, but for whom barriers are in place that can prevent them from helping each other. We work with companies to show the benefits of hiring from this neglected segment of society, and then we select the best candidates, prepare them for reintegration and match them to jobs.
Success in bringing them together is success for all: the employer, the employee, and society as a whole.
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meet the Siblings
jOSEPH p. cARMACK
Joseph owns several companies in Oregon, but after the success of running a fitness gym with Nancy, Joseph wants to make sure fellow employers can also see the value in hiring the formerly incarcerated. Joseph is the behind-the-scenes guy at Opportunity Oregon.
If it were simply a matter of introducing employers to job applicants, there wouldn't be a need for Opportunity Oregon. But that's THE PROBLEM.
Despite employers struggling to find hardworking and loyal employees, and despite ex-offenders facing huge unemployment rates, these two groups in need are not coming together frequently enough.
Real work needs to be done to bring these two groups together; in alleviating common concerns about employing someone with a criminal past, in making sure to select those who are truly rehabilitated, and to prepare those same employees with the know-how to re-adapt and succeed.
"You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending."
James R. Sherman