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UpLift Solutions Press Release – June 21, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2017

“A SECOND CHANCE CELEBRATION: A GRADUATION FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS RE-ENTERING THE WORKPLACE”

Westville, NJ June 21, 2017–UpLift Workforce Solutions will host a Celebration Graduation for the first Graduating class on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2pm in the Family Life Center at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church 2800 W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

The class of 25 of men and woman have completed a six-week, supermarket-based, on-the- job training program designed to create second-chance employment opportunities for re-entering citizens in and around Philadelphia.

Their voices were heard loud and clear as they completed their last week of training.

-“This second chance is helping me build the life skills to be a better person.”

-“After years of getting doors shut in my face because of the mistakes I made over 15 years ago, today -I have a true chance to provide for my family.”

-“Not only am I going to be employed. I’ve found a new purpose in life.”

-“I feel like I have something to get up for, to come home to, and when I lay my head on the pillow; I have something to be proud of.”

The UpLift Workforce Solutions program is based on rebuilding people and teaching life skills that will benefit them in and out of the work place. The hard and soft skills are taught in a classroom environment and each participant that successfully completes the six-week classroom portion of the program will be offered a position at one of UpLift’s partners.

“We all know the barriers faced by folks who have a criminal record. The idea was to completely turn on its head and not just create a job training program that ends in a job — a guaranteed job – but that ends in a career. We believe someone’s mistakes in the past should not dictate their future.”-Barry Johnson, Workforce Solutions Director.

Annually, over 36,000 people pass through Philadelphia city jails, 18,000 people are released from prison in Pennsylvania and over 300,000 people living in Philly have criminal records. Current laws and perceptions have created barriers for these individuals to achieve permanent long-term employment. Due to a lack of opportunity, many of these individuals decide their only option for survival is to re-engage in past behavior. This cycle has led to an 80 percent recidivism rate and long-term structural poverty.

UpLift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare, access to capital and access to jobs in underserved communities.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.889.5597 or email at Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

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