The Concordance Employment Agency is an alternative staffing agency with the dual mission of delivering staffing services while helping individuals overcome obstacles to employment so they can have a successful return to their communities.
One of Concordance’s many goals is to help break down the stigma of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.
Did you know that the vast majority of business and HR leaders report that individuals with criminal records perform the same or better than employees without criminal records? In fact, the risks of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals are greatly diminished when working with an established re-entry organization.
At Concordance, we partner with numerous employers to set our participants up for success in a supportive environment. Our EAP-style wraparound support ensures that every participant receives support and guidance from a licensed therapist, case manager, and career coach to successfully transition and stay in the workforce long term.
The Right Skills. The Right Jobs. The Right Time.
Successfully placing participants into part- and full-time employment requires the right mix of skills, jobs, and timing. Each of these is taken into consideration when participants begin working with the Concordance Employment Agency.
The Right Skills
At Concordance, participants receive more than 500 hours of programming across 12 service areas to help prepare them for success at work, home, and in the community. Workplace skill development activities include:
Ability to interact and communicate effectively with teammates and supervisors.
Ability to access and navigate information efficiently and ethically on virtual platforms like the internet, computers, smartphones, and social media.
Ability to apply mathematical reasoning to work-related problems and utilize information from documents to solve problems.
Knowledge and understanding of quality, safety, productivity, and customer service apply to specific jobs.
The Right Jobs
We are thoughtful about the right types of workplace environments that allow participants to assimilate to work. Participants begin with part-time employment and continue to hone their skills into full-time roles. Our retail, food, and light industrial partners:
Are inclusive in that they hire individuals with criminal records and provide a welcoming environment.
Pay a living wage that allows participants to meet their essential needs.
Offer a part-time to full-time employment experience aligned with their programming at Concordance.
Provide a consistent demand for labor to support job placements for multiple participants to accommodate on-site career coaching.
Have limited training requirements that can be replicated in our 40-hour workplace simulation.
The Right Time
Successful re-entry begins with healing — and healing takes time. Participants are introduced to training and employment throughout their healing journey in order to help them reach their full potential.
Participants receive HiSET® tutoring, NCRC, and job readiness training.
Participants work on hard and soft skills, trade skills, and digital literacy through workplace simulation and job training. They then begin part-time work.
Participants begin full-time employment.
Volunteer opportunities within the community.
Spiritual support of all faiths provided by our in-house chaplain.
Below are helpful resources and additional information for our employment partners.