FreshStart Employment Program is intended to serve with integrity, empathy,
ethics, excellence, equity.
is to interrupt the reoccurrence of recidivism.
is to advocate for individuals returning to their communities from
incarceration or with non-incarceration infractions that produce barriers to
stable or full-time employment.
In collaboration with
community partners and advocates, the FreshStart Employment Program will ensure
participants are supported in coordinated programs and training (case
management, budgeting skills, job skills training and soft skills, etc.),
including housing, and other comprehensive services.
Staff: will work with multiple City departments to create an inventory of City
job opportunities available exclusively for FreshStart Employment clients. This
curated list includes, a varied set of opportunities, tailored to different
skills, interests and abilities, and generally includes entry level positions
with career growth potential. FreshStart Employment also supports the client
throughout the application and interview process, before the process handoff to
Human Resources for new hire onboarding. To prevent background checks from
becoming a barrier, the City of Dallas has adjusted its background check
process for FreshStart Employment clients, who have completed all eligibility,
readiness and training requirements.
Support Services: In addition to providing job readiness and training
sessions, EMS will provide regular check-ins with clients for the six months of
employment. This service will provide emotional support, practical advice and
help solve for any issues that may arise on the job. This is also an opportunity for
clients to receive advice on dealing with potential personality disputes,
handling supervisor feedback and criticism and otherwise navigating the social
environment of their new professional life.
Link to FreshStart Jobs
Schedule a Meeting: Small Business Center