Thursday, September 22, 2011

Employment Resources for People with Criminal Records (Felony and Misdemeanor)

As an attorney you can imagine that I am privy to some very interesting conversations and questions.  While I always keep every inquiry regarding any legal topic completely confidential, there are some common threads and concerns that pertain to many of the queries that are thrown my way.  One of these is the difficulty people experience when trying to overcome past discretions or mistakes.  I am asked over and over by family members and friends of young people who have committed crimes about what steps they can take toward making a fresh start.  The main concern I hear is that people with criminal backgrounds who wish to turn their life around struggle to find employment and sometimes end up as repeat offenders. 

I have found a few websites geared at helping individuals in need of employment as well as agencies that will give job training in some cases housing and job placement.  Additionally i have a list of employers that I received from the IV-D courts in Harris County who have been known to hire individuals with a prior record.  I have not checked these companies individually and do not know if they will lead to any actual job placement but it is a place to start. 
Here are the lists of agencies and what they aim to do:

Project Re-Connect – This is an organization located outside of Dallas, Texas.  It is a comprehensive outreach program intended to assist non-violent offenders from state or federal prison, who are on parole, with the transitioning process back into society.   The core modules of the Project Reconnect program concentrate on providing pre and post assistance in following areas:  employment, housing, education, recovery support and community service. This project aims to have an ex offender self-sufficient within a maximum 24-month period. The contact information for this program is as follows:
Project Reconnect - Offender Reentry Initiative      
2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.                                         
Dallas, Texas 75215                                                               

(214) 670-0184                                                                      
Fax (214) 428-4722                                                               

Project Reconect Houston Program
2828 Fish Trap Road
Dallas, Texas 75212
(214) 671-0695

(Services offered to non-violent offenders on parole)
Greater Urban League Dallas – Project Victory – This is a re-entry program that seeks to assist formerly incarcerated people with integrating back into society.  Components of the program include employment and employment retention, reduced recidivism and increased earnings, housing, mentoring, anger management and financial literacy training, computer training, job placement, GED preparation and mental health an substance abuse counseling.

Goodwill Industries Houston – This Organization is available in Dallas as well and provides instruction in soft skills, like resume writing, interview techniques, and workplace responsibilities. Basic computer skills and basic accounting as well as finance techniques are also skills that are taught. Job training for employment at Jiffy Lube is also available.
Contact:                                                                Contact:
Goodwill Industries of Houston                              Goodwill Industries of Dallas
2030 Westheimer                                                  2800 North Hampton Road
Houston, TX 77098                                              Dallas, Texas 75112
713-699-6311                                                     214-638-2800
713-529-5302 fax                                               214-638-7926 fax
Web Site:                    Website:

Project RIO
Project RIO is program that branches off of the Texas Workforce Commission as well as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Windham School District and the Texas Youth Commission (TYC). The project affords its constituents a connection between education, training as well as a link between employment during incarceration with employment, training and education after discharge. Services are provided to program participants both pre-and post-release. It works by developing an individualized treatment plan to identify a career path for the prisoner or released party which will assist in guiding them with post incarceration decisions.
Before the person is released, an evaluation is performed to evaluate the necessities of the prisoner and support in the selection and assignment in Windham, College, TDCJ and TYC programs. This process is a multi-step method that contains information gathering, goal-setting, program placement and self-assessment.
RIO participants participate in job search workshops that emphasize basic skills such as completing a work application, writing a resume and participating in a mock interview. The most important part of the TWC Project RIO program is obtaining employment quickly after release.
Project RIO Staff
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E. 15th St., Room 506T
Austin, TX 78778
Web Site:
Here is a place in Azle, Texas:
Green Light Ministries is a 2-year “Brother to Brother” program that houses previously incarcerated men and supports then with finding employment, job training, and life skills programs. Food, clothing, and shelter are provided and support group training and mentoring.

In addition to all these places if you or someone you know is just seeking help out of a bad situation the following agencies may be able to help.

Angels Recovery House: This is a Dallas based company that aims to offer a safe living place for men and women who have nowhere else to go and need to escape from dangerous situation, i.e., domestic violence, drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse, poverty.  To contact them you can call 214-498-8510.

Texas Criminal Custice Coalition Re-Entry Guide
TCJC offers an extensive guide to resources that focus on adult re-entry throughout Texas, however, they do not provide any services directly. Some of the community organizations provide housing, employment and community health services, among others things.  There website for more information regarding these services is below.
Additionally, if you have friends or family in other states needing information on programs like these is a wonderful resource for residents in all 50 states.  If you would like these lists emailed to you please contact me at and I’ll send them to you!

Houston Area Companies that May Hire Prior Offeders:

Dallas Area Companies that may hire Prior Offenders:

Here are companies in the Dallas Area:
1.       Tom Thumb (Go To Local Store & Fill Out Application)
2.       Albertsons (Will Hire Recent Felons)
3.       Walmart (Go To Local Store & Fill Out Application)
4.       Dollar Tree
5.       Omni Direct Cable Company
6.       Tlc Rentals
    740 West Mockingbird Lane
    Dallas, Tx 75247-6010
    (214) 634-1100
7.       Dal-Tile 
   Must Be 7 Yrs Since Conviction
8.       Owen’s Sausage
9.       Fed Ex
10.    Outcome Outsourcing
   614 S. Edmonds Lane, Suite 202                                
   Lewisville, Texas 75067                                                                
11.    Greyhound 
Greyhound P.O.Box 660362 Dallas,Tx 75266-0362
13.    Sam’s Club
14.    Dallas Rapid Transit  (Conviction Must Be 5 Yrs Old)                                                                        
15.    Dell  ( Conviction Must Be 7 Yrs Old)
17.    Dunkin Donut 
18.    Mcdonald’s    
19.    Dr.Pepper
20.    Verizon
21.    Blue Bell Ice Cream
22.    Mega Motors  
23.    Texas Instruments
24.    Luby’s
25.    Allen Foods 
  (Fort Worth) Must Be 3 Years Old)  
26.    Janitorial Work   
   (No Felonies In The Last 10 Years) Apply In Person At 15058 Beltway Addison, 75001
   No Phone Calls Please
   Or You Can Email Nmcclellan@Calgar-Ent.Com    
27.    X-Site Marketing
   Email Resumes To Xsitemarketinghr@Gmail.Com
   Must Be 7 Years Old
28.    City Of Dallas Sanitation Services
   3112 Canton Street, Suite 200
   Dallas, Texas 75226-1687
   Phone: (214) 670-3555
   Fax: (214) 670-3670
29.    Kroger’s
30.    Sonic’s Drive In
31.    Jack In The Box
32.    Memco Roofers 972-556-1867
33.    Encore  Www.Encoreps.Com  (Will Hire Recently Released Felons)
34.    Telemarketers 214-351-4664
35.    Salvation Army
36.    Warehouse Packaging  972-256-4104
   No Felonies In The Last 3 Yrs.
37.    Bi-Lingual Warehouse   972-494-6269 
   Non-Climate Control Really Hot At This Time
38.    Car Haulers
   Please Contact Ellis @ (866)327-3748 Ext. 5089. Please Leave Name And Contact Info Must
   Not Have Any Felonies, Dui Or Dwi Convictions In The Past 7 Years         
39.    F.A.M Solutions
   Send Your Resume To Fam.Solutions@Yahoo.Com
   No Felonies Within The Last 7 Years
40.    Forklift Operators
   Call Ray 972-255-7150
   Must Not Have A Felony Within The Past 10 Years
41.    Airtran Airways
  No Felony Convictions In 10 Years
42.    Janitorial Work
  3712 Arapaho Rd. Addision,Tx 75001
  Felony Must Be 10 Years Old
43.    Bekins A-1 Movers, Inc
   Toll-Free: 1-877-421-9152
   Direct-Line: 1-877-821-8783
   No Felony Convictions Within The Past 5 Years
44.    Adeeco 972-316-3200
45.    Hvac Service Techs
   Will Review Non Violent Or Adjudicated Felonies Over 5 Years Old
46.    Stick/Tig Welders
   No Felonies In The Last 10 Years
47.    Pts 
   Www.Ptstravelers.Com Or 1-800-819-0251
   No Felonies In The Past 7 Years
   Must Be Willing To Be A Coast-To-Coast Traveler Diesel Equipment Ex; Hydraulic And Track   
   Cranes A Must. Dozers, Excavators, Fork-Lifts, Volvo Loader, Cat Sky Track (Lull), We Also 
   Have A 953 Cat Loader That Has Been Converted To A Cummins And Is Permissible For 
48.    Elite Business Network   Www.Elitebusinessnetworkllc.Com 
49.    Farmer's Insurance (Felony Must Be 10 Years Old)
50.    Dfw All Stars                                                     
   (469) 865-2640
51.    Pepsi
52.    At&T
53.    Frito Lay
54.    Minyard’s
55.    Mary Kay
56.    Janitorial Work

Staffing Agencies That Accept Felons
1.       Integris Staffing Solution , 817-251-1303, ( Felonies On Case By Case Basis)
2.       Spherion Staffing , 301 N Collins St Arlington, 76011 (817) 461-5005
3.       Staffworks Employment, Park Central I, 7616 Lbj Freeway, # 525, Dallas,75251
4.       Sterling Personnel Grand Prairie/Irving, Tx 972-550-7444
5.       Bpi 214-348-2444
6.       Cornerstone Staffing 817-491-2299
7.       Link Staffing Locations - Dallas, Texas , 10875 Plano Rd Ste.#103, 75238, (972) 840-1199,      
         (972) 271-9963 (Fax), Www.Linkstaffing.Com
8.       Ameri-Temps, 1625 N.Story Rd. Irving, Tx 972-721-9675
9.       SOS Staffing, 5068 W, Plano Pkwy, #300, 75093, 469-467-1193
10.     Express Employment Professionals, Please Visit
11.     Apple Staffing Services,, 972-259-5566
12.     PDQ Temporaries, Ask for Sylvia Farris
  • North Arlington Office, 711 East Lamar #212, Arlington, 76011, 817-459-0479
  • Dallas Office, 2435 W.  Northwest Hwy, #109, Garland, 75041, 972-926-0939
  • Oak Cliff Office, 2807 S. Westmoreland, Dallas, 75233, 214-623-8190
  • Lewisville Office, 2305 South Hwy 121 #136, Lewisville, 75067, 972-316-2560
  • Mansfield Office, 702 Hunters Row Court, Mansfield, 76063, 817-477-1049
     13.     Next Temps, 972-926-5551
     14.     Kelly Services, 972-501-9517
     15.     Staff Force, 972-353-2304

Trucking Companies That Hire Felons In The Dfw Area
1.     Melton Truck Lines  Www.Meltontruck.Com/
2.     Covenant Transportation Www.Covenanttransport.Com/
3.     Wse / Mct Transportation   Call 877-973-5327
4.     Crst Van Expedited  Www.Crstexpedited.Com
5.     Knight Transportation Www.Knighttrans.Com
6.     Chief Carriers  Www.Chiefcarriers.Com/
7.     Southern Freight, Inc Www.Southernfreight.Com
8.     Ffe Transportation Services, Inc Www.Ffex.Net
9.     Greatwide Truckload Management Www.Greatwide.Com
10.   National Carriers Www.Nationalcarriers.Net
11.   Prodrivers Www.Prodrivers.Com
12.  Towne Air Freight, Inc Www.Towneair.Com
13.  Stevens Transport Www.Stevenstransport.Com
14.  C.R. England   Www.Crengland.Com/Truckingjobs                          
15.  Raider Express 2400 Cold Springs Rd., Fort Worth, Tx 76106
16. All Freight Systems, Inc                                          
a.     Vince Toll-Free At: 1-866-974-4956 Ext. 1203.                  
b.     No - Dui, Dwi Or Felony Convictions In The Past 5 Years
17. Mason And Dixon Intermodal, Inc  888-476-0782
18. Cdl Truckstop -  Brodie At 612-424-6324
19. Firstfleet, Inc                                           
a.     800-819-0905                                                 
b.     No Felony Convictions Within Past 10 Years.
20. Bancroft And Sons Transportation Llc                          
a.     1-888-352-5220 Ext 165 Or 162
b.     No Felony Convictions In Last Ten (10) Years
21.Kmk Enterprises Inc                                         
a.     Becky - Human Resource/Recruiting Director
8208 E Hwy 66
El Reno, Ok 73036
Phone: 1-405-262-2877 Ext 305
22 Rigar International Inc Www.Rigar-International.Com
23 Louisiana Transport Call Today! 888.480.6176
24 Cdn Logistics, Inc Www.Gocdn.Com
25. Pgt Trucking Inc Www.Pgttrucking.Com
26. Jbs Carriers Www.Jbscarriers.Com
27.  Dillon Transport, Inc Phone:                                   
a.     1-866-959-3834   
b.     Www.Dillontransport.Com                                               
28. Bekins A 1 Movers, Inc
a.     Www.Bekins.Com
29. Contractor Hiring Team Drivers Or Drivers To Run Team, 855-264-0858 (Class A License) 
(Felony Must Be 5 Years Old)

Here Are Companies in the El Paso Area
1.     American Federation Of State County Municipal Employees
(915) 532-1515
3120 Gateway Blvd E
2.     International Union Of Operating Engineers Local 351
(915) 771-0224
1200 Golden Key Cir
3.     Autoflug Safety Systems
(915) 778-8300
28 Concord St
4.     Industrial Technical & Professional Employees District No 1 E
(915) 881-0700
6070 Gateway Blvd E
5.     American Federation Of State County Municipal Employees
(915) 532-1515
3120 Gateway Blvd E
6.     Industrial Technical & Professional Employees District No 1 E
(915) 881-0700
6070 Gateway Blvd E
7.     International Union Of Operating Engineers Local No 953
(915) 778-2371
1420 Geronimo Dr
8.     Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No 49
(915) 778-9763
6944 Commerce Ave

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