Office of Community Care

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 ***offers 2nd Chance employment opportunities for individuals that's been impacted by the criminal justice system. Only applicants who meet that criteria, will be considered for FreshStart positions***

Are you ready for a FRESH START in 2020?

  • Were you previously incarcerated and released from prison or county jail 1 (one) year ago or longer? 
  • Do you have charges/arrests on your background that has become a roadblock to fulltime and/or stable employment?

If so, we may have an opportunity for you!

The Office of Community Care FreshStart Employment Program is aimed at ensuring that current, unemployed, underemployed, seasonally employed and temporarily employed individuals with criminal backgrounds have the opportunity to obtain full-time employment within the City of Dallas and receive the support needed to maintain and thrive in the workforce. 

FreshStart relies on a combination of internal programs and local community-based organizations to refer eligible clients, and to help potential clients gain the stability and skills needed to become successful employees. The FreshStart staff will work with City departments to help place clients in full-time positions with opportunities for growth.


        • If you were previously incarcerated/detained in prison and/or county jail, the release date must be a minimum of one (1) year ago (from today)
        • The release date is indicative to anyone who was detained in prison and/or county
        • Other arrests or offenses  on your background report (without incarceration),  will be assessed accordingly on a case by case basis

        Restricted Convictions

        • Aggregated/Violent Felonies (including murder/attempted murder/homicide/bodily injury)
        • All Sex Crimes
        • Cruelty to Animals

        FreshStart clients are considered eligible by the following:

        • Must be at least 18 years of age
        • Considered by agency referral only. (Agency, please submit your online referral here)
        • Considered by candidate self referral (if not referred by an agency) please submit a candidate self-referral form here
        • Submit application(s) via the City of Dallas Employment site for program targeted positions
        • Released from incarceration a minimum of one (1) year ago (if applicable)
        • Have other arrests on criminal background report (without incarceration)
        • Have attended training or job readiness workshop 
          • Job interviews
          • Resume building
          • Case management
          • Financial literacy
          • Soft skills
          • Mock interviews

        Current Positions

        APPLY NOW to all FreshStart positions below you would like to be considered for!

        The following positions will be available in the near future

        • Certified Tech
        • Electrician
        • HVAC Mechanic
        • Heavy Equipment Operator
        • Inspector - I, II, and III
        • Mechanic

        For information regarding our positions and/or program eligibility requirements, please contact Kim Benn,  Program Manager at 214.671.5116 or or Louis Adams, Program Sr. Case Manager at 214.671.5418 or

         Note: Attending FreshStart events does not guarantee employment.