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Compassion and Kinship: Fr Gregory Boyle at TEDxConejo 2012

This moving talk shows how compassion should be and can be worn.  I wanted his talk to be part of the 7-70 web site because it sums up what we want to be;  Crist like servants, setting aside all judgement, demonstrating the grace God has blessed us with.  http://www.homeboyindustries.org/

 

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The Uphill Climb

The video, from The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, is worth watching.  It emphasizes some common barriers that people face trying to reenter society after prison.  The subject’s story is a common one, I find.  After getting out, men and women have good intentions and want to start over, desiring to live their lives crime free but encounter barriers like discrimination, prejudice, unforgiveness and mistrust.  These barriers are so formidable that going back to prison seems more attractive…

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Door to Employment are Opening for Returning Citizens

Based on this source: Pasquariello, Roy. (August 30, 2017). Opening doors to employment. The Hudson Reporter.

It is no secret that finding a job, let alone a career, is a difficult task for anyone. College graduates, high school graduates and even people with job experience have trouble but still have an advantage over those who are unemployed, underemployed or inexperienced.

Fortunately, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2013 to fund state programs in…

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) may claim tax credit by the following: “If the individual works at least 120 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 25% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit. If the individual works at least 400 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 40% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit.” According to the U.S.…

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Returning Citizens Already Have Business Skills

Let me start with a definition:  In the world, good and bad are relative terms defined by the prevailing culture.  A culture is collection of rules, norms and customs of any particular group.

For the past 10 years I’ve been around ex-gang members, in church, in my ministry and while working with returning citizens through 7-70 Re-entry Services.  I find the main points of this video to be true.  I would like to make some comments.

Mr. Blair talks about survival Instincts, leadership skills…

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