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Annual Report 2017

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Dear Friends & Supporters:

This past year was a big year for Pacific Reentry Career Services. 2017 marked our first year serving clients and putting on employer outreach events. We started working with formerly incarcerated job seekers in the spring, and we developed and started distributing our Job Search Guide. We also held our first Fair Chance Hiring Summit for employers and service providers in June. This was followed up by a November summit that focused on the specific challenges faced by formerly incarcerated veterans. We had the opportunity to do several job search workshops in partnership with local groups and organizations that serve the reentry population in Orange County.

In 2018, we plan to continue working directly with formerly incarcerated job seekers and to continue advocating for fair chance hiring. By working with employers and encouraging them to hire this deserving population, we hope to open up more job opportunities for the reentry community as they work to build healthy and productive lives following release from jail and prison. Underlying all of our work is a strong belief in second chances.

As of January 1, 2018, California is now a fair chance hiring state. This means that employers cannot ask about criminal background until a conditional offer has been made. This will create more opportunities for formerly incarcerated people because they will no longer be judged based solely on their answer to the question about criminal background on job applications. Instead, they will have the opportunity to demonstrate that their experience, skills and education make them a good candidate. We are excited that California is leading the charge on giving formerly incarcerated people a fair chance at being considered for employment.

Thank you for being a part of our success in our first year offering programs and services. Pacific Reentry Career Services is currently an all-volunteer organization, so everything we do is a true labor of love. We look forward to continuing to support the Orange County reentry community in 2018!

Click here to download our full annual report.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Hammerwold
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Job Search Guide Now Available

We are happy to announce that our job search guide is done and ready for distribution. We developed our job search guide to help support formerly incarcerated job seekers. This comprehensive guide includes a job search checklist, skills & experience assessment, tips on how to draft a conviction statement, sample resume, sample job application, monthly budget worksheet, common interview questions, advice for addressing criminal history in interviews and more.

This guide was developed by Pacific Reentry Career Services co-founders Stephanie Hammerwold and Tim Pershing. Stephanie drew from more than a decade working in human resources to create this guide.

If you are a service provider and would like to order copies of our guide to use with your clients, visit our online store. Guides are $10 each.

All of our job search clients will receive a copy of the guide for free. If you are a formerly incarcerated individual and want to find out more about how to get the guide, get in touch through our Become a Client page.

Pacific Reentry Career Services News

We are continuing to work hard to get our programs off the ground and to spread the word about the benefits of employing those in the reentry community. This means putting on events and participating in activities that foster strong connections between the formerly incarcerated and members of the community who can support successful reentry following release from jail or prison. Success depends on a community of service providers, employers, friends and family and more, and we have been keeping ourselves busy in doing our part to support employment for the reentry community in Orange County.

Fair Chance Hiring Summit

Our first Fair Chance Hiring Summit is coming up on June 7 in Irvine. This event will bring together employers, HR professionals and hiring managers to learn more about hiring the formerly incarcerated and how to implement fair chance hiring practices in the workplace. We hope to do more events like this in the future and are planning opportunities that bring together job seekers and employers. This event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register soon.

Orange County's 3rd Annual Reentry Resource Fair

We are excited to be involved in this year's Reentry Resource Fair, which will be held on June 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim). This fair is put on by the Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP) with the support of many local agencies and individuals. The fair will bring together agencies, employers and other service providers that are ready to help formerly incarcerated people and their families. Pacific Reentry Career Services will be there to offer resume critiques and job search coaching. Be sure to come by our table and say hi.

Involvement with OCREP

Speaking of OCREP, we continue to be thankful for our involvement with this amazing group that is working to bring together a variety of people and organizations that assist the formerly incarcerated in Orange County. Stephanie Hammerwold, the Pacific Reentry Career Services Executive Director, was recently named treasurer of the OCREP advisory committee. We look forward to continuing our involvement with OCREP as we work to build a strong reentry community in Orange County.

Speaking to College Students

Stephanie Hammerwold recently spoke to a Chicano and Latino Studies class at Cal State Long Beach with Ashley Baribeault-Vlcan from Working Wardrobes. Ashley is also the assistant director of OCREP. Stephanie and Ashley spoke to Professor Maythee Rojas's class about the reentry community in Orange County as well as the work OCREP, Working Wardrobes and Pacific Reentry Career Services are doing.

Job Search Guide Fundraiser

We are still working to raise money to print our Job Search Guide. Your donation to this campaign will help get our guide into the hands of formerly incarcerated job seekers. Donate soon so that your name can be listed on our acknowledgement page in the guide.

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Sponsor Our Job Search Guide

Pacific Reentry Career Services is committed to helping formerly incarcerated women find meaningful employment. We are also dedicated to supporting the reentry community by providing resources and advocating for fair chance hiring.

We have created a Job Search Guide as a resource for formerly incarcerated job seekers. The guide will be provided free of charge to the women in our mentorship program and to other formerly incarcerated job seekers that participate in our workshops or reach out to us for assistance.

By donating to this campaign, you will help offset the printing expense of our 2017 Job Search Guide. Each booklet costs approximately $3.60 to print.

The Job Search Guide is 28-page tool that helps our clients understand the job search process, make career plans, create resumes, learn about completing applications, prepare for interviews and to create a plan for post-release employment success.

Your name will also be printed on a recognition page inside so they know that they are being supported by people in their community and beyond.

Your donation will go a long way in assisting formerly incarcerated individuals in building successful lives.

Visit our GoFundMe page to sponsor the Job Search Guide!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

If you are not subscribed to our email newsletter, here are some of the things you missed in the first edition:

  • An update on the recent "Reimagining Reentry" fundraiser put on by our friends at OCREP
  • A link to board member Jenni Buchanan's recent article about Linda Offray of Shepherd's Door
  • News about our upcoming Fair Chance Hiring Summit on June 7 at 9 a.m. at the Irvine One-Stop Career Center

Be sure to subscribe, so you don't miss out on updates from Pacific Reentry Career Services as well as information about our June 7 Fair Chance Hiring Summit in Irvine.

Get Involved with Pacific Reentry Career Services

A new year often means creating resolutions, setting goals and making plans for positive changes in our lives. For Pacific Reentry Career Services, 2017 means the launch of several exciting programs that we have been working hard on in the past year. We are looking forward to helping those leaving jail or prison in their quest to create happy, healthy and productive lives following release. Of course, success for the reentry community requires support from communities, which is why we encourage you to support our programs in one of the ways listed below.

Go Shopping

For those of you that shop on Amazon, there is an easy way to support Pacific Reentry Career Services. Next time you head to Amazon to shop, use AmazonSmile and designate Pacific Reentry Career Services as the charity you want to support. Then make sure to use the AmazonSmile link every time you shop in the future. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Pacific Reentry Career Services. It is simple, and there is no extra cost to you.

Volunteer

We are getting ready to launch our mentorship program and are looking for business professionals in the Los Angeles and Orange County area who want to mentor formerly incarcerated women during their job search and early months of employment. We are also looking for volunteers who want to help out at job search workshops, employer summits and other events. Visit our Get Involved page and fill out the interest form at the bottom if you would like to volunteer with Pacific Reentry Career Services.

Host an Employer Summit or Job Seeker Workshop

If you have a business that would like to get involved in spreading the word about the benefits of hiring the formerly incarcerated, we would love to partner with you in putting on employer summits. Employer summits bring together hiring managers and business professionals to discuss the benefits and challenges of hiring the formerly incarcerated. It is our goal to open up the conversation about hiring this population, to break down myths and to encourage employers to give a fair chance to job seekers with criminal records. Not only is hiring the formerly incarcerated good for communities, but there are also tax incentives like the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). We are also looking for businesses and service providers who want to provide space for us to hold job seeker workshops for formerly incarcerated individuals. Use the contact form on our Get Involved page to submit your interest.

Donate

We rely on the generous support of donors to help fund our programs. Donating to Pacific Reentry Career Services is easy. Click here to go straight to our donation page or click on the Donate button throughout our website. Every dollar helps support programs that get formerly incarcerated people back to work. Remember that Pacific Reentry Career Services has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Contributions made to Pacific Reentry Career Services are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Thank you for your support! Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from Pacific Reentry Career Services!

It has been a busy year for us as we have worked hard to lay the groundwork to launch Pacific Reentry Career Services. We are excited about the things we have planned for the upcoming year. Stay tuned to our blog for updates on these programs and more:

  • Employer Summits--We are planning on several employer summits throughout the state to bring employers together to discuss the benefits of hiring the formerly incarcerated, address their concerns and share success stories.
  • Mentorship Program--We will start mentoring formerly incarcerated women in their quest to find meaningful employment. This includes supporting them throughout the early months of employment.
  • Job Seeker Workshops--We will work with other service providers to put on workshops for formerly incarcerated job seekers.
  • Job Seeker Guide--We have been hard at work drafting a comprehensive job seeker guide to help those trying to navigate the job search process following release from jail or prison.

Thank you to all our friends, family and colleagues who have supported us, given us advice, donated to help us launch and been our biggest cheerleaders. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Stephanie Hammerwold & Tim Pershing
Founders & Directors of Pacific Reentry Career Services

Be a Part of Our Kickoff Campaign

We started Pacific Reentry Career Services with the goal of helping formerly incarcerated women find meaningful employment. Finding a good job and earning a steady paycheck can do a lot to help someone get their life back on track, secure housing and reunite their family. All of these are things that help reduce recidivism.

We need your help to make Pacific Reentry Career Services successful. Please consider making a donation to our kickoff campaign. Your generous contribution will help us to set up workshops, connect with clients, provide training materials to job seekers and cover the costs of starting a nonprofit organization.

You can also help by getting the word out about Pacific Reentry Career Services and the benefits of hiring the reentry population. Be sure to visit our Get Involved page for more information on how you can be a part of helping formerly incarcerated women get back to work.

Thank you for your support!

 

Pacific Reentry Career Services News

We have been busy working behind the scenes as we launch Pacific Reentry Career Services. As we have been hard at work filing nonprofit paperwork, setting up insurance and planning all our programs fro job seekers and employers, we received word from the IRS that we were granted 501(c)(3) status.

So, what does this mean for Pacific Reentry Career Services? Having 501(c)(3) status officially makes us a nonprofit as recognized under the IRS tax code. This opens up possibilities for us to apply for grants to help fund the programs we create to get formerly incarcerated women into meaningful jobs that will help them rebuild their lives. It also means that all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

We are also happy to announce the 2016 Reentry Solutions for Success Conference in Ontario, CA. The conference will take place October 19-20 and will be organized by the Federal Reserve Bank, the Orange County Reentry Partnership and other organizations. Stay tuned to our blog for more details. We hope to see you there!

Welcome to Pacific Reentry Career Services

After months of planning, we are excited to launch the Pacific Reentry Career Services website. Pacific Reentry Career Services was founded by Stephanie Hammerwold and Timothy Pershing with the goal of reducing recidivism by helping formerly incarcerated women gain employment and therefore maintain a stable life outside of jail or prison. Our programs include job search workshops, career coaching, one-on-one mentorships and partnering with local employers and reentry service providers. We are based in Orange County, and we are mobile and meet clients where they are. You can learn more about us and our approach on our About page.

Take some time to look around our website. There are a number of ways to get involved through volunteering, donating and helping to spread the word about what we do and the value of hiring those in the reentry community. Be sure to visit this blog for regular updates about our work, job search resources and helpful information for employers.

Thank you for visiting our site!