Every year, thousands of people come back to their communities from prison and jail — between 2012 and 2015, around 25,000 people returned to Philadelphia from a term of incarceration. The barriers to effective reentry are serious, with access to services, clothing, housing, and medical care difficult to obtain.
But by far, an individual’s ability to find gainful employment is one of the most important indicators of whether a person can successfully reintegrate into their community. Employment can provide economic stability and a critical sense of value and worth.
On March 29, Players Coalition, an independent 501(c)(3)/501(c)(4) non-profit co-founded by Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin, in partnership with Impact Services and Temple University Beasley School of Law, will host a social services fair and hiring event at Temple Law School in Philadelphia from 9 am – 3 pm for up to 40 returning citizens and their families, with the goal to assist up to 200 Philadelphia area residents.
A number of local social service organizations will be present at the event to provide critical services and resources like housing assistance, transportation, job training, mentorship, and any legal and health care assistance.
Additionally, close to 60 employers will conduct interviews for open positions, all committed to helping individuals obtain employment.
Impact Services has worked with many attendees over the past month to help them prepare for their return home. Impact Services is a non-profit organization that empowers people in need to attain the hope, motivation, and skills necessary to reach their fullest human potential and highest level of personal and family self-sufficiency.
Impact has provided pre-event job training services, as well as ongoing case management for each participating individual. Other attendees will include many of the individuals bailed out last Thanksgiving during a previous Players Coalition event.