Midlands program providing job opportunities to formerly incarcerated
REEMERGE is seeking individuals looking for employment who have been formerly incarcerated. The open call for employees will be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1515 Richland Street in Columbia.
Anyone who has been formerly incarcerated, is registered with SC WORKS and is now seeking employment is invited to attend and apply. Applicants will be screened for employment on site, according to REEMERGE’s Tony Lawton. “We take individuals who have been, or are currently coming out of the system and try to match the on jobs,” he added.
REEMERGE is a six to 12 month reintegration program that uses employment, coaching, and entrepreneurship education to assist in combating the barriers of reentry into the workplace. Staff members coordinate all job placement and work experience. After a year of employment, business training, and professional coaching, the participant becomes prepared and ready to continue with gainful employment within that industry.
The organization also works with the solicitor’s office, according to Lawton, for expungement purposes. “Those individuals who may have different offenses on their record, we work with their office for expungement. We do a total assessment of the individual,” he said.
The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting Lawton at 803-722-1776, or Nicole Holland at 803-722-1775.