Economic Opportunities was formed in 1991 as an operational ministry of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Memphis Leadership Foundation and has been a staple in reentry workforce development ever since.
The mission of EcOp is to equip returning citizens with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to obtain stable employment and economic empowerment. Absent stable employment, the experience is that many formerly incarcerated individuals will wind up being rearrested for new crimes and return to prison.
Ninety five percent of prisoners will be returning to the community, and research indicates that nearly two out of three will return to prison within three years–absent effective interventions. Our program is designed to reduce recidivism and equip individuals with the tools they need to secure stable employment, reconnect with families and communities, and become productive citizens.
A Holistic Approach
The steps to stable employment in re-entry begins with a transformative process. We employ a holistic approach to transform the mindset of ex-offenders, reshape attitudes, and promote effective behaviors based Christ-centered, biblical principles. Our approach includes:
Job Readiness Training
Using best practices and evidence based research to develop the skills and workforce behavior consistent with expectation of employers.
On The Job Training
Provides individuals who complete the curriculum based portion of the the program transitional employment to earn a paycheck, gain work experience, and gain marketable skills for securing full time employment
Our program is supported by long-term employer relationships who believe in the mission to help individuals who face these barriers to employment and that the individuals are prepared to be work-ready, dedicated, and superior employees.
Through collaborations with our community partners we provide services to assist individuals with special needs, such as housing assistance, substance abuse and mental health treatment, child support issues, and related reentry challenges.
Through teaching of biblical principles individuals learn truths to gain spiritual growth and restorative behavior. Our program participants are invited to participate Bible Studies to encourage Christian values and strong work ethics. Participation in these activities is voluntary and is not a condition for receiving program services, however our program practices are effective at promoting successful transitions and reducing recidivism.
Economic Opportunities has assisted hundreds of individuals who have criminal backgrounds redirect their lives, find jobs, successful careers, and become productive citizens.