Empowering businesses

to employ people with criminal records.

ABOUT

The Story of the Second Chance

Second Chance Citizens have More to Prove.

STORIES

Why Hire the Hard-To-Hire

The inspiration behind the Beacon of Hope

Vision

To give everyone — no matter their past — a fair chance at finding work.

Mission

To inspire and equip employers to give opportunities to people with criminal records and provide a pathway for long-term success.

Objectives

INSPIRE more companies to hire people with criminal records.
RAISE AWARENESS of the need and proven business benefits
LEVERAGE ECOSYSTEM of social services and incentives for equitable support
SHARE BEST PRACTICES and resources

THE GENESIS

In the last few years, several businesses have begun tapping into a hard-working, reliable, and previously overlooked resource in Greater Cincinnati – people burdened by a past criminal infraction looking for an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

THE NEED

Approximately 2,500 people return to Hamilton County each year from some form of incarceration. Many of these people have the skills and determination to contribute to the workplace every day. They have families that need them to survive. What don’t they have? An opportunity to prove themselves. Many employers will not consider any applicant with a felony or period of incarceration on their record.

HOW TO ENGAGE

The Beacon of Hope Business Alliance is a community of employers who see both the business and social benefits in providing employment opportunities to these motivated job seekers. Our team connects employers to quality candidates and provides resources to make these hiring programs successful.

Why We Do it

Which of these reasons appeals most to you?

  • MORALEveryone deserves a chance at redemption
  • BUSINESSLower turnover and greater productivity
  • SOCIALChange lives: Hire one, affect 14
  • COMMUNITYStronger economy and smaller prisons

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Employer Partners

Companies align with Beacon of Hope’s vision, supporting us and our affiliates in three ways; through hiring, advocating, and/or sponsoring. We thank our current employer partners for their commitment to bringing practical and much-needed change to our community by helping expose jobs for those ready to make a change in their lives.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN EMPLOYER PARTNER?