Hour Working Women Reentry Program
In response to the significant and multi-layered challenges facing women ex-offenders seeking permanent employment, Hour Children’s Hour Working Women Reentry Program was specifically designed to support female ex-offenders by providing the hard and soft skills training and employment placement support that is needed to obtain a meaningful, livable-wage job that provides the income and stability needed to achieve self-sufficiency and provide for their families. To meet this goal, the program delivers highly personalized, one-on-one attention, which enables rolling entry and exit for participants and allows each client to develop a time frame that suits her needs and abilities.
Following a comprehensive two-week assessment period that confirms a woman’s readiness to participate in the program, Hour Working Women Reentry Program is divided into four distinct phases:
Phase 1: Employment Assessment and Skill Development – Workshops, seminars, and classes that provide training and education in the hard and soft skills needed for livable-wage employment (i.e. basic and advanced computer skills training, resume writing, professional writing and communications, and time management), as well as referrals to GED, vocational training/certification programs, and college, as appropriate.
Phase 2: Experience – External and internal internship placement.
Phase 3: Job Search – Referrals to our well-developed, broad network of employers willing to hire ex-offenders (i.e. office administration, customer service, retail sales, and building maintenance).
Phase 4: Job Retention – Intensive support to ensure job retention, especially in the first six to nine months, when the day-to-day responsibilities become challenging; this intervention includes case management, therapeutic support, mentoring, and even sick-child care.
Most women complete the various stages of Hour Working Women Reentry Program within about a year, although there are no set time frames or deadlines. Hour Working Women Reentry Program staff help participants to plan for their professional future, which includes setting expectations and developing a set of attainable goals that realistically reflect a woman’s interests, educational level, and wage requirements, while remaining mindful of the realities of the job marketplace. Group and one-on-one mentoring helps provide an additional layer of support and ensures that women get the pro-social skills that help facilitate their development as a professional.
Hour Working Women Reentry Program also includes Mentoring
Mentoring refers to a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced person develop an enhanced sense of self-worth and specific knowledge and skills to increase their chance of successful reentry. The specific objective of the program is to recruit and train individuals as mentors and match them with participants in pre- and post-release services.
Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psycho-social support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional and personal development with the primary goal of preparing an offender (pre-release) for reentry and supporting him/her during the reentry process to enhance success.
Anyone interested in mentoring should contact Johanna Flores at 718-433-4724 x 310 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.