Re-Entry Testimonial – Steven Arthur
Steven Arthur was referred to Re-Entry Program by Madison Urban Ministry for employment search assistance. His employment presented challenges due to dependency on the bus system, living in a shelter and other corrections-related issues. He attended sessions regularly, always called to give updates, and pursued his goals with determination. When he started the program his goals were having a resume, getting computer help, acquiring a cell phone, brushing up his interview skills and full-time employment. All goals were met in fewer than 2 months.
Mr. Arthur is now happily employed and searching for permanent housing. Will Brewer of Porchlight is working with him on that goal, and his chances have improved greatly since he has a regular income. Mr. Arthur had great things to say about services received from EATA. "You guys gave me excellent service. The resume, interviewing practice and transportation helped me land a job that I like. You delivered on your promises and plus you are fun to work with. Thank you."
The Re-Entry Program is a partnership between Madison-Area Urban Ministry (MUM), Dane County Human Services and the Employment and Training Association providing Foodshare Employment and Training Services (FSET) to ex-offenders. The results of this program lead participants to employment and skills training opportunities that enhance employability and lead to economic independence.
In collaboration with MUM's Journey Home Program our Case Manager focuses on helping Re-Entry participants address their employment and training needs through services and referrals focusing on motivation/life skills activities, employment search, and employer based skills training activities. Some of the areas we cover include:
Motivation / Life Skills
- Career Exploration
- Job Hunting
- Successful Interviewing – How to answer questions regarding past offenses
- Role Playing – Interviews, what questions to ask
- Dress for Success
- Positive Attitudes and Behaviors
- Adaptability - Recognize strengths and how to work with limitations/barriers
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Respect - Recognition of diversity and change
- Time management
- Money management
- Examinations – How to prepare for exams
- Assistance with Computers and On-line Applications
- Supportive Services Assistance
- Referrals to Training Opportunities available through programs available through the Job Center and throughout the community.
The Re-Entry Program works to promote program participants’ self-sufficiency, self-esteem and reintegration into employment and the community. For questions about this program, please contact Bill at (608) 242-7431.