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  • A non-profit organization providing companies with candidates for entry-level positions. They target people receiving public assistance, including food stamps, helping them obtain employment in the private sector by providing services such as job training, work readiness, skill building, job placement and other support.
  • Provides prevention and rehabilitation programs for at-risk youth and young offenders in East Harlem and the Lower East Side.
  • Binding Together, Inc. provides job training and placement, financial incentives and counseling to people in recovering from substance abuse with multiple barriers in employment.
  • Provides outreach, referrals and discharge planning to people recently discharged from New York State or New York City correctional facilities, specializing in services to people who received mental health care treatment while incarcerated.

  • A non-profit organization serving neighborhoods in Brooklyn, targeting low-income populations, people without homes or at risk of homelessness, immigrants, people living with HIV or AIDS, and other groups. CAMBA offers employment, education, health-related, housing, legal, social, business development, and youth services in various languages.
  • CASES is an alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) organization providing security and supervision to over 10,000 people each year. Their focus is on re-integration into society, addressing the economic, educational, health and other social factors that underlie repeated criminal behavior.
  • The Center for Community Alternatives serves people who are involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. It provides information, referral, education, and support services for HIV positive people, as well as a harm-reduction program for women who are HIV positive. An employment service for women includes employment readiness training and placement.
  • CEO provides transitional minimum-wage jobs to meet the immediate needs of formerly incarcerated individuals, plus pre-employment training and placement in more permanent, unsubsidized jobs. Life skills classes prepare students for job interviews and teach how to fill out applications, prepare resumes and answer the conviction question.
  • This site is funded by NYS division of Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services with a special focus on clients with criminal background. It provides job search seminars, job placement service, retention support and career counseling.
  • Part of the Brooklyn DA's office, ComAlert is a re-entry program for Brooklyn residents on parole or probation, offering a wide variety of services under one roof: drug and alcohol counseling, job training, literacy instruction, GED and college preparation, and more. Referrals to assistance with transitional housing and job placement is available.

  • A guide to reentry resources in Ulster County published by the Restorative Justice Group of the Social Action Committee Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills.
  • This guide published by the New York City Department of Homeless Services includes information about various City and community-based services. Agencies and organizations that offer assistance or referrals for food, clothing, childcare, healthcare, education, employment, and obtaining public benefits like Medicare and food stamps are listed.
  • The New York Public Library's guide for formerly incarcerated people to information and services in New York City. Includes chapters on employment, education, housing, benefits, health, counseling & family services, addiction and legal services. Updated annually.
  • Provides vocational training and career counseling. Services include job placement, readiness training, evaluation and assessment of work experience. Evening and weekend programs provide follow-up to help clients deal with workplace issues.
  • Staffed mostly by formerly incarcerated people. Exodus provides employment training and placement services as well as life management training and support. The five-day job preparation program includes resume writing, videotaped practice interviews, job search skills, and an introduction to e-mail and the Internet.
  • Exponents is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by drug addition, HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses, as well as incarceration. EX-Offender Conferences take place five times per year.
  • Offers many varied job training and vocational guidance programs in New York and Long Island. Provides reasonable assurance in job placement assistance or training opportunities. Call the Resources and Referral Line at 212.524.1700 (then press 2) for information on the various programs in the Employment Services department.

  • A program designed to help formerly incarcerated people who live in or are returning to South Brooklyn: Park Slope, Gowanus, Red Hook or Sunset Park. Provides walk-in support to individuals on parole or probation or who have a pending criminal case, utilizing the job development, vocational training, housing assistance, peer counseling and community organizing resources of the Fifth Avenue Committee.
  • Assists prisoners and people who have been incarcerated in a number of different areas, including education, job search skills and assistance, family programs, crisis intervention and more.
  • A community-based organization that serves young people ages 11-21 who have been involved with the criminal justice system and are returning to New York City. Among its many services are counseling, leadership training, alternative education (including GED preparation,) a pre-employment workshop, and job placement.

  • Goodwill's extensive Employment Services department includes general programs to help people find jobs and specialized vocational programs for people with disabilities and disadvantages, people moving from welfare to work, new immigrants, formerly incarcerated people and youth.
  • The Hope Program is an intensive 12 week Job Readiness Training program which includes support services and work internships. This program is further enhanced by their computer literacy center, counseling, vocational literacy classes, GED training, and tutoring.
  • A follow-up support group for people who took part in training in prison in the Alternatives to Violence Project. The group meets the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place in Manhattan.
  • Provides information on the rights of people who have been charged with or convicted of a crime.
  • Lists community organizations, health care facilities, counseling and support groups, recreational and cultural opportunities, houses of worship, and other resources and contacts in the New York City Metropolitan Area. Published by the New York City Comptroller's Office.
  • Assists people who have limited work histories with personalized job searching assistance, resume and interviewing skills, job placement, mentoring and support.
  • This site includes state-specific governmental agencies and community-based organizations to assist people with criminal records, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.
  • The National H.I.R.E. Network (Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment) website includes state-by-state lists of government agencies and community resources of interest to formerly incarcerated people.
  • New York City Workforce1 is a new and growing partnership that pools the expertise of many different organizations to provide a network of job opportunities and business development resources.

  • Helps prepare immigrants, refugees and asylees for viable employment and self-sufficiency in the United States. Career planning, help adjusting to American work environments, job placement and career upgrading assistance available.
  • Describes the voting rights of parolees, probationers, and others who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Also includes information on how to register to vote and where to go for help if you encounter difficulties.
  • This city department offers programs to service youth with vocational training, GED preparation, and assistance finding jobs. The Out-of-School Program is a vocational training program targeted at dropout or high school graduates ages 16 to 21.
  • Information on DYCD Services to Runaway and Homeless Youth, including the Youthline referral service.
  • Links to housing information and services for the homeless.
  • Links to organizations that provide job training and placement services or referrals.
  • An employment training center for adults and youth with sites in Sunset Park and Williamsburg, providing basic education, GED preparation, job training, placement, and follow-up services.
  • The Osborne Association offers treatment, educational, and vocational services for prisoners, former prisoners, and their families in the greater New York area.
  • Provides information to Puerto Ricans on how to obtain birth certificates, identification papers and other important documents. This site includes a "Questions & Services" section answering many questions Puerto Ricans may have about how to obtain documents.
  • A support network and information clearinghouse on prison and jail reentry issues and the consequences of criminal proceedings on individuals and families in New York State. For people who have been incarcerated and their advocates.
  • The Safer Monroe Area Reentry Team (SMART) website offers a list of re-entry resources and services available in the Rochester/ Monroe County area. Comprehensive reentry services are listed along with specific sections on housing, healthcare, jobs, family services, legal services, clothing, and banking.
  • Connects underemployed/unemployed New Yorkers who are looking for work with mentors who are achieving success in professional fields. Helps job-seekers develop office and computer skills, be prepared for the interview, learn how to network, and much more.
  • A four-week work-readiness program with a no-nonsense approach, helping participants empower themselves and providing them with marketable skills to enter the workplace. The attitudinal training component aims to create a simulated work environment where excuses are unacceptable and participants are encouraged to view themselves as marketable adults and not as victims.
  • The Doe Fund offers two employment programs. Ready, Willing and Able is a drug and alcohol free residential job training program aimed at homeless people. The Brooklyn program, Ready, Willing and Able - DAY, is especially for formerly incarcerated people. Offers paid transitional work, case management, education, vocational training, substance abuse services, mentoring and job placement. Must be referred by probation or parole officer.
  • Offers free services to young people aged 12-21, including educational, health, nutritional and counseling programs, and legal services for young people in need of civil legal representation.
  • The Society offers counseling, referrals to vocational training, job placement, tutoring in preparation for the GED, Basic Adult Literacy, ESL and substance abuse treatment.
  • The Osborne Association assists defendants, former offenders, people on probation and parole, and prisoners and their families. It offers a wide range of educational, vocational, support, and health services.
  • Times Square Ink is an innovative job training program designed to aid and motive custodial and non-custodial parents who are involved with the criminal justice system and attempting to re-enter the workforce. Expertise in working with formerly incarcerated individuals and others with significant barriers to employment.

  • Provides the following free services specifically to formerly incarcerated people returning to the community: immediate short-term, entry-level job placements, job readiness and soft skills training, and New York State certified employment training in a number of skills, including MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist), QuickBooks and Security Guard Certification.
  • A guide for persons incarcerated, persons formerly incarcerated, and others similarly in need, to assist their re-entry back into society. Published by the Westchester Council on Crime and Delinquency (WCDD). Last updated in 2004.
  • A not-for-profit human services, training, and employment organization whose participants include welfare recipients, formerly incarcerated people, former substance abusers, non-custodial parents, youth dropouts, delinquents, crime victims, and Latino populations with limited English proficiency.
  • Assists women who have been released from jail or prison, and women who are approaching release. Help finding housing, navigating city services, job-searching, health care, child reunification and more.