Services for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

We understand that for people who have been incarcerated, there are many barriers to successful re-entry to public life, including drug dependency, serious illness, debt, and limited work options. Just getting a second chance may seem almost impossible at times. We offer services to men, women, and youth who have served their time and are trying to get back on track.

What to Expect

Some of the services you may access through Goodwill include:

  • Pre-release services. Get a head start on building your work skills and obtaining the necessary documentation to start your job search before you are released.
  • Basic skill development. GED preparation, ESL classes or basic education classes.
  • Employment readiness training. “Soft” skills, such as interviewing and workplace communication skills, that help you succeed at work.
  • Occupational skill training. Learn a skill or trade that can get you back to work or moving onto a better job.
  • Job placement assistance. Goodwill employment specialists will help you open doors to employment opportunities.
  • Life Skills. Such as parenting, relationship, and communication skills.

We believe that you can get a second chance. To begin, contact your local Goodwill.

Related Reading

We are committed to ending the cycle of recidivism. To view our plan, read Working Beyond Conviction: Goodwill Industries’ Call to Action to Ensure Successful Re-Entry for Ex-Offenders.