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Taking the High Road Out of Poverty


Story By Dorothy Markulis


Community Works Connection, a division of OPEN M, is giving those living in poverty a road map to a better life.

Last November, OPEN M established a new program to give those in poverty a way out, through full employment:  Community Works Connection.

“There are huge obstacles,” CWC Project Director Bob Titus explained.

Often coming from multi-generational poverty, clients in the project have no concept of how to get and retain full-time employment.
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Broken Chains Ministry Continues to Grow & Create Jobs for Ex-Offenders (Part 1 of 2) – 2013-09-11

Written By: Broken Chains Ministry and Katie Sobiech

It’s been a while since we caught up with Broken Chains Ministry. So where have they been, and what have they been up to?

They have been working around the clock to create and sustain programs such as their Workforce Development Program and the Urbean Café, to drop recidivism rates of ex-offenders, providing them with opportunity, while making the city a safer place.

One of the greatest barriers faced by citizens returning from incarceration is unemployment. While the State of Ohio unemployment rate is currently about 9.5%, current estimates show that the unemployment rate for men and women in various stages of reentry is an astronomical 25%-40%.

As a result of this statistic, Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) is committed to being an advocate for changes that help reverse this statistic in our region by being part of the solution. Their Workforce Development Program (WDP) allows them the opportunity to create a self-sustaining business model specifically for the purpose of training former offenders to reenter the workplace.

Step number one is to give them a job.

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