Can Education And Employment Transform The Lives Of Homeless Ex Offenders?

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These are the people who are despised by society. They are dirty, they smell, and they beg for change. When they enter places of business they are asked to leave. They are always stopped by police, always the first suspects in a crime. They are the homeless with criminal records. They are jobless.They have been evicted from apartments where they couldn't pay rent. Sometimes they do drugs, so their families have abandoned them, they are not welcome in anybody's home. When they stand on the streets and beg, people sneer at them, "Get a job!" But who would hire them? Something inside of them is broken and nobody seems to care enough to help them fix it. They are often school drop outs, uneducated and unskilled. Is there hope for their future? Regina Lewis of Ashunti House and Lowry Taylor of the North Lawndale Job Training Progam explain how they help transform lives of people stuck on the bottom of society, by providing education, training, housing and employment.

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