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Returning Citizens

CFL Workers Assistance Committee works closely with the Cook County Sheriff's Office to facilitate job readiness workshops and prepare resumes for more than 700 individuals connected to the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center (VRIC). VRIC, is a detention program which provides vocational skills, education and alcohol/substance abuse treatment within a highly disciplined environment. After completing an 18-month program, participants (17-35 year old men who plead guilty to a non-violent felony offense) begin an eight-month, post detention program where they continue their education or employment through CFL-WAC's Engaging Adults in Skills Training (EAST) program. EAST is funded through the Community Development Block Project Grant (CDBG).

Each month, we conduct four day job readiness workshops for VRIC graduates to review job search strategies, discuss how to complete a job application and offer training for interviews (including strategies for talking about a felony conviction). The CFL-WAC Business Services Team then works directly with VRIC graduates to assist with identifying employment and skills training opportunities.

If you are a VRIC graduate and would like additional assistance, contact Dwight Battles, EAST program coordinator at 312.565.9431 or battlesd@cflwac.org.

If you were formerly incarcerated or have a criminal background, you will find helpful resources here.