San Diego Center for Employment Opportunities helps former inmates find jobs
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One local organization is giving jobs to hundreds of people who were formerly incarcerated.
Elizabeth Alvarez was live with Robert Smith from the Center for Employment Opportunities to talk about how the organization helps former inmates get back on their feet after prison.
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) San Diego opened in November 2011. Since then, CEO has provided paid transitional work experience for 791 formerly incarcerated San Diegans, earning $1,001,874.00 and contributing over $220,412.00 in taxed income. They employ up to 400 participants annually across five work crews through environmental cleanup projects.
CEO frequently partners with the San Diego County Probation, Caltrans, and the City of Chula Vista to perform a variety of public works tasks, such as landscaping and maintenance of the county’s highways and city’s parks and open spaces.