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Resources

Reentry-Friendly Employers

Trade

Bags to Butterflies: Bags to Butterflies hires exclusively reentering women to craft creative purses and handbags for sale. It provides transitional support as well as a community network to help women “fly” toward their dreams, a goal reflected in their unique handbags. The company is based in Detroit.

FiberClass: FiberClass is a construction and home remodeling company located in the metro Detroit area. Their goal is to build relationships with individual homeowners and help to provide the home of their dreams.

Urban Ashes: Urban Ashes uses recycled wood and materials to craft handmade furniture in a revitalization project that restores the dignity of cities as well as people. The company boasts multiple storefront locations around the state and country.

Service

Detroit Filling Station: Detroit Filling Station and its partner, the Lunch Room, are long-time allies of PCAP. These all-vegan restaurants in Ann Arbor go out of their way to empower and hire people in recovery and reentrance.

Roos Roast RoosRoast is an Ann Arbor coffee shop and cafe, and a favorite haunt of many local students.

Silvio’s Organic Pizzeria: Silvio’s is an organic and handmade pizza and Italian restaurant located in Ann Arbor. The restaurant offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Telluride House: Telluride House is a merit-based residential scholarship for University of Michigan students committed to establishing a vibrant community supporting self-governance, a stimulating intellectual environment, and a commitment to public service. The house hires staff members to work with the Telluride scholars as chefs, maintenance, and more.

Boober Tours: Boober Tours is located in Ann Arbor and hires bike drivers who seek to improve their lives and circumstances, whether they are just coming home, in recovery, or have fallen on hard times. The company provides joy rides for community members in pedicab chariots, as well as life skills workshops for its employees.

Goodwill: Goodwill is an American nonprofit 501 organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers preventing them from otherwise obtaining a job. They collect charitable donations to sell in-store at low cost to those in need, and have hiring centers in cities across the U.S.

Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s is a national chain of neighborhood grocery stores, focusing on providing organic and healthy options for shoppers. It is a point of pride that they ensure all workers have affordable healthcare as well as a liveable wage, and they encourage employee initiative, believing that happy workers make happy customers.

Five Guys: Five Guys is a burger shop with locations across the US.

Mod Pizza: Mod is a national chain pizza restaurant that focuses on giving back to the community and encouraging the leadership growth of its employees.

Career

Center for Employment Opportunities: The Center for Employment Opportunities provides vocational training and job matching services to folks who’ve recently reentered. They will coach you through the resume, application, and interview process.

Social Service

For general Social Service information, including utilities assistance, medical help, foreclosure prevention programs, food, clothing, furniture, and basic needs, Call United Way at 2-1-1 or 800-552-1183

Housing: Call Housing Access of Washtenaw County (HAWC), 734-961-1999.

Food Security: View Food Gatherer's Available Food Map, or call 734-761-2796.

Domestic Abuse or Sexual Assault Survivors: Call the SafeHouse Center HelpLine, 734-995-5444.

Youth In Crisis: Call the Ozone House crisis line, 734-662-2222.

Health: View this Guide to Free and Low-Cost Health Care in Washtenaw County.

Human Trafficking: Call 888-373-7888.

Senior Citizens: Call AAA1-B information line, 800-852-7795.

Veterans: Call 800-MICH-VET or 800-642-4838.

Additional Listening

The Returning Citizen: Produced in Detroit by co-hosts Erik Burgess, Jacob Smith, and Imani Mixon, The Returning Citizen talks to organizations fighting for prison reform, highlights policies impacting reentry, and tells the success stories of formerly incarcerated community members.

Ear Hustle: Produced from within San Quentin State Prison’s Media Lab by cohosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, Ear Hustle offers a platform for incarcerated people to share their stories, perspectives, and experiences within the United States’ prison system.

Decarceration Nation: Produced by Josh Hoe, Decarceration Nation radically reimagines the nation’s criminal justice system through a combination of firsthand experience and research by leaders in the field.