A group of 22 formerly incarcerated individuals are gearing up to re-enter the workforce. The group was the first cohort to graduate from the UpLift Workforce Solutions program, an initiative designed to create employment opportunities for returning citizens in the Philadelphia regions.
Hope behind bars. How ban-the-box rules help ex-offenders, hurt women, & young people. Employment status is key predictor of recidivism. Ex-drug dealers turn their lives around at ShopRite, but what about the misery they caused on the street?
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“Call me,” Carlos “Omar” Alvarez Carrion, 36, urged me, as he walked me to my car in the ShopRite parking lot on Haverford Avenue in Philadelphia on a cold and bright winter’s day. “Nights. Weekends. Anytime.” – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer
Louis Rivera remembers when he took home his first Brown’s ShopRite paycheck and showed it to his wife. “I was humiliated,” he said, handing over his check for $120. “I said, `I’m sorry, babe. I can’t do this. I’m going back to selling drugs.’
One in an occasional series, part of a collaborative news project about the challenges – and solutions – of prison reentry in Philadelphia. When Jeffrey Brown looks to promote employees within his 13-store supermarket chain, he looks for people with hustle, ability, commitment, all that.