Obtaining steady employment is a massive barrier for the more than 650,000 prisoners released in the U.S. every year. 

 

Studies have found that more than half of returning citizens did not have steady employment eight months after their release. Unemployment raises the likelihood of someone reoffending. This means that those who are unable to find employment are likely to end up back in prison, thereby continuing a costly and harmful cycle. 

The ARCH Business Network is a network of employers and business leaders that promote second chance employment and assists persons with criminal records to access jobs. We believe in the power of relationships and the strength of a well educate public. As such, ARCH helps educate, provide resources, and equip business leaders interested in learning more about how to offer employment opportunities to returning citizens.


Meet the Business Network Manager: Dana Davis 

  


Are you an employer or a business owner?

 

We are committed to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship where you and your organization get as much out of a partnership with ARCH as possible.

Returning citizens have paid their debt to society in terms of serving time in jail or prison yet continue to face monumental challenges in their reintegration back to their families and the larger community.

We commit to:

  • Matching you with the right candidate
  • Comprehensive employee coaching
    • How to resolve conflict, plan for emergencies, and be a good employee
  • Wrap around employer coaching
  • How to apply for tax credits and anticipate issues with second chance employees

  

Interested in partnering with the ARCH Business Network? Let us know!

 

 


 

Business Network Initiatives & News

 

Six Degrees of Freedom - Ohio Reformatory for Women

 

 Last year amidst the chaos of the COVID 19 pandemic, Dana Davis - ARCH Business Network Manager, was hard at work finding ways to help returning citizens find employment that is both fulfilling and provides a living wage.

At the same time, Matthew DuPriest, owner and founder of Acuity Metrology & Consulting, was looking for a way to give back to vulnerable populations.

Together, this is what they came up with.


A Place All Your Own - Panel Discussion

 

Hosted by: Dana Davis – ARCH Business Network Manager/Moderator

How can a returning citizen transition from renting to owning? Panelists will speak on this subject in ‘A Place All Your Own.’