Prison Blues

In 1989, The State of Oregon was challenged to create work skills programs for adults in custody at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. After extensive research, it was determined that a garment factory would provide ample work and training opportunities in a real-world manufacturing environment. A 47,000 square foot factory was constructed, and the OCE Prison Blues® factory began operation. Click here for more stories on how this

This Movement is Bigger than Cincy

Cleveland Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam, has challenged his players to engage with the issue of criminal justice reform, and players have responded.  Two players in particular have taken on the cause: line backer Christian Kirksey, and tight end Seth Devalve have joined in by helping those who have served time behind bars find gainful employment across Cleveland. Click here for the whole story of how this team

Beacon of Hope Transportation Program

Having a criminal record isn’t always the only barrier someone may have to employment. In some cases, not having a way to get to work can be equally challenging. Check out this segment by Channel 12 news about how we are working to remove the barrier of transportation for our employees.

Columbus Restauranteur Hires Second Chance

Joe DeLoss, who runs a hot new restaurant in Columbus, OH called Hot Chicken Takeover, recently got more than he bargained for because he set out to hire the Hard-to-Hire in Columbus. Check out his story on the Rachel Ray Show.

Doing good in the community takes you places you never dreamed. Congrats, Joe. And thanks Rachel for bringing attention to the cause.

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Fair Hiring Good for Business, Community

I am passionate about business. I am passionate about good business. I am passionate about policy that levels the playing field for U.S. manufacturing to compete across the globe.

U.S. manufacturing needs all its qualified and able workers involved to compete, and one challenge I have focused my business practice on is creating a level playing field for individuals who are shut out of employment due to a blemish on

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Business group forms for ‘hard-to-hire’

The Beacon of Hope Business Alliance, an organization aiming to encourage private businesses to hire individuals with criminal records, launched today at City Gospel Mission. The organization is a partnership of legal services, religious organizations, nonprofits and private employers.

The goal of the alliance is to create a “way for more companies to participate in creating employment opportunities for all those hungry for this vital second chance.”…Read More