What is the Need?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have been arrested by age 23. Having a criminal record is a barrier to employment and economic security, which adversely affects families, communities and our entire economy. Lack of employment is identified as a risk factor related to the likelihood of a person committing a new offense. We seek to partner with employers to remove barriers to successful employment for individuals who have
been arrested. This not only gives the individual the opportunity to succeed and provide for their families, but also bolsters the employer’s workforce and strengthens the community. Collectively, we can improve our communities and our economy.


Our Employment Program

There are three phases to our employment program for Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) participants led by our Employment Opportunity Developer, Kelly Graham.

1. Pre-employment skill development
2. Job search
3. Job maintenance and soft skills training for up to six months after being hired

Prior to being referred to an employer, ARI participants have successfully completed phase 1 of our employment program. We seek to partner with the employer for phases 2 and 3 of our employment program.


What We Offer to Employers

We can offer up to $1350 in reimbursement for wages paid to ARI participants within the first
two weeks of employment. This is actual payment to the employer and not a tax credit.

Additional benefits
Employers may also be eligible for a federal tax credit through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hours worked in weeks 3 and 4 of employment. Additionally, there is a federal bonding program to minimize the risk to the employer.


Contact Us

Kelly Graham
Office: 630 407-8457
Cell: 630 330-9401