The process is structured in weekly meetings. The program includes: monitoring treatment plans, support groups (anger management, conflict resolution, parenthood), drug testing and education, budgeting, time management, job readiness, and Leadership Development participation in PowerNet sponsored Citizens Circles and nonprofit volunteer assignments.
Transitional Job Services:
- Job Internship Program – For those job-ready, PowerNet is negotiating with ODJFS to place WEP-consumers with felony records into unpaid internships with state and city agencies. Internship job partners may include the cities of Dayton, Trotwood, and Kettering, Sinclair Community College and Habitat For Humanity.
- Transitional Jobs Program - PowerNet will operate a fee-based staffing agency, specializing in finding transitional jobs in customer service, food industries, manufacturing, office support, and semi-skilled trades. Regional employers of temporary personnel agree to provide a letter of recommendation upon candidate’s successful completion of a 2-12 month program.
- Living-Wage Jobs - PowerNet counselors scout for higher-paying jobs. PowerNet will assist employers in application for Federal Bonding Program and Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
- Follow-up - for 12-months following living-wage job placement, PowerNet staff check in regularly with employees/employers by phone for: counseling, conflict mediation, and Continuum-of-Care referrals.
Findings from a Public/Private Venture study concluded that former prisoners in employment programs
- remained in the program longer;
- were twice as likely to obtain an unsubsidized job;
- were more likely to stay employed than those who did not have a mentor.
The mentor will assist the parolee in the community by offering support, guidance and assistance with personal challenges and weekly opportunities for pro-social activities (arranged by PowerNet) – particularly on weekends.