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For Re-Entry Citizens (coming out of the criminal justice system)

APEX

(302) 333-7605

A program is dedicated to opening opportunities to individuals with criminal histories by helping them through the pardon or expungement process. If you are eligible, we can provide one -on-one assistance through each step of the process to help you apply. A pardon may remove barriers to employment, professional licensing, public housing, social services, education, and other opportunities.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture - Branches to Chances

(302) 658-6262

Learn horticulture industry skills on location at public urban landscapes in the City of Wilmington and throughout the Delaware Valley. Approximately one day per week will be spent either at TheDCH, learning horticulture, job, and life skills, or visiting an area public garden or horticulture business. Gain hands-on experience installing and maintaining public landscape projects, community, including daily tasks like weeding, digging planting holes, planting, mulching, staking plants, watering, pruning, harvesting, and trash collection. Upon completion of this program, participants will have the opportunity to gain full-time employment in the green industry. Underemployed, unemployed, and previously incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply.

Federal Bonding Program

(302) 761-8039

The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Let’s be open – many of us have backgrounds – have done things that we’re not proud of – and have been in jail. Landing that job – being able to pay your bills, take care of your family – that’s what it’s all about. The Federal Bonding Program can help! We can provide insurance to the employer who hires you, providing a sense of security for the first six months of your employment. It’s simple, easy, and provided at no cost to you! If you are seeking bonding services and/or a job you should call the State Bonding Coordinator of Delaware at (302) 761-8039.

HomeWorks Construction Employment and Training Program

(302) 652-3991 ext. 214

Conducted through Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware a paid, on-the job, residential construction theory and practice training for reentering ex-offenders who originate from, reside in, or reside within a community in which ICHDE is conducting affordable housing development and/or community revitalization efforts.

National HIRE Network

(202) 544-5478

Established by the Legal Action Center in 2001, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment (H.I.R.E.) The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion.

New Beginnings

(302) 299-5600

A peer-support group for returning citizens as they transition from incarceration to freedom. It is run both for, and with, ex-offenders, along with a vital and growing group of compassionate volunteer-facilitators, in order to build a community of hope, and a culture of accountability and possibility on the streets of Wilmington, Delaware. They also run a clothing closet. The support group for ex-offenders is open to all faiths. They meet Thursdays 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., at 401 N. West Street, Wilmington, Delaware.

Project New Start

(302) 798-3520

An 11-week program that operates Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm for a total of 375.0 classroom training hours. Following graduation, each participant receives individualized job search assistance until employment is secured. Individuals are referred to the program by State and Federal probation officers, correctional institution case managers, and the work release centers.