Some employers might put people who have criminal convictions or who have exited prison in the ‘too hard basket’, but Jesuit Social Services’ employment programs don’t give up on people.
“We follow the Jesuit ethos ‘everybody is worth helping’. It doesn’t matter the criminal history – how recent or distant. It doesn’t matter whether their employability or communication skills are low. As long as they are willing to engage in the program, we will do our best to assist them,” says Rob Auger, Operations Manager for Jesuit Social Services’ Employment Programs.
“We believe very strongly in multiple chances as well. Provided the person is taking forward steps and working with us to address the barriers that are holding them back from employment, we’re always willing to give them another shot.”