Services for Restored Citizens (ex-offenders)
Nearly 10% of the job seekers we see everyday in our job center have the barrier of a criminal background. It is our goal to help these job seekers identify and connect with employers willing and able to give these potential candidates a second chance. Through community partnerships, we facilitate the hiring and placement of restored citizens, giving them access to training and employment opportunities where their past won’t prevent the pursuit of a new future. Learn more about our restored citizen initiatives and programs below.
Restoration Academy is a rigorous six month work experience program in partnership with the City of Columbus and several community based organizations. The goal of the academy is to give restored citizens in Franklin County an opportunity to receive specialized skills training, supportive services and work experience through a paid internship—all in order to secure permanent employment after successfully completing the program. Thanks to our partners: Alvis House, Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, Columbus Public Health, Columbus Urban League, IMPACT Community Action, YMCA of Central Ohio, Henkels and McCoy, Columbus State Community College and Franklin County Reentry Coalition, 80 men and women will have gone through the program by 2014.
Restoration Academy has two cycles each year, starting in the spring and summer. There are a limited number of slots for each class. Interested job seekers should contact their OMJ-CFC Career Advisor or a staff member at one of the following community partners where he or she may already be a client: Alvis House, Columbus Urban League, or IMPACT Community Action.
Restored Citizens Job Expo
Twice a year, OMJ-CFC organizes and executes the Restored Citizen Job Expo, as a component to help those with a criminal background to connect with second-chance employers. We also work with several second-chance employers who participate in our regular hiring events.